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Ilene Sunshine is a New York City-based artist who uses an array of eclectic materials— leaves, plastic bags, discarded toys, scavenged tree branches— to explore the interface of nature and culture. Ranging from large-scale site projects to intimate drawings, her work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally— and is in various collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center (NYC).  She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Dieu Donné Papermill, The Constance Saltonstall Foundation, Ucross, and The MacDowell Colony, among other awards.


"The found object, and the processes of collage, chance, and collaboration with unseen forces (the genius loci of a space, for example) are integral to Sunshine's process. So are risk-taking, the exhilarating free fall of new experience, and an expansive sense of play"

Donna Gustafson, PhD, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Mellon Director of Academic Programs, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University 

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photo: Diana Blok

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