Dana Sherwood (March 2012) was born in New York and received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Maine in 2006. Sherwood’s work negotiates the tenuous balance between nature and artifice to interrogate the semiotics of desire and melancholia present in the intersection of the natural and material worlds. The work examines notions of abundance through a visual representation of excess and decadence. Often depicting nature under manipulated conditions, and taking cues from historical vanitas painting, the work is, at heart, Memento Mori, but its multi-faceted interpretation and unconventional materials add layer upon layer of meaning.

Sherwood has exhibited her work in New York, New Orleans, and in venues throughout Europe. She was awarded a residency fellowship at LMCC Swing Space in 2011 and was chosen for Art Omi’s summer artist residency program earlier that year.

Dana Sherwood currently lives in NY with her husband and frequent collaborator, Mark Dion.