BORN 1980, LEESBURG, VIRGINIA. LIVES AND WORKS IN GREENVILLE, TEXAS.
Josephine Durkin’s research and studio practice has involved the creation of drawings, videos, sculptures, and large-scale, interactive and kinetic installations that personify recognizable or manipulated objects and materials. Her hollow, plastic, sculptural paintings stem from the making of objects with scrap material found in her studio. Portions of the casts are then “highlighted” and merge abstract painting with the realistic reproductions of sculptural objects. Her drawings, paintings and sewn collages are also generated by her object making. The leftover studio residue, from the process of making her sculptures, is digitally photographed, printed onto a heavyweight paper, and used as source material for these works.
Josephine holds a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University. She has also studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and the Lorenzo de Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy. Before joining the Department of Art at Texas A&M University - Commerce, she taught drawing and woodworking classes in Virginia and Connecticut and then worked as a sculptor and set designer at The Puppet Company in Glen Echo, Maryland. While at Yale, she worked with Natalie Jeremijenko and members of the Yale Engineering Department on Jeremijenko’s Feral Robotic Dog Project.
Josephine is an Associate Professor of Art at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where she teaches 3-D Design and Sculpture. She has shown extensively in the United States including solo exhibitions at Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita Kansas, Lawndale Art Center in Houston Texas and Dallas Contemporary.