Meet current studio resident Corkey Sinks and see her works in progress.
Sinks’ Samplers reference historical quilting patterns and needlework produced to demonstrate skill. These works often include decorative borders and lines of text. The language often incorporated an inspirational or religious sentiment, one that illustrated the maker’s values and desires. Sinks culls language from contemporary self-help and diet advertisements on television, in magazines, and on social media.
Corkey Sinks (b. Dallas, TX) is an artist based in Memphis, TN. She received a BA in Media Studies from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands, CA in 2005 and an MFA in Studio Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Through sculpture, textiles, printed matter, and geometric pattern-making, Sinks creates a path for the paranoid spirit. Referencing new religious movements and self-help techniques, she imagines practical and psycho-spiritual coping strategies for the American condition.
Image: Corkey Sinks, Sampler: Goodbye Belly Fat, 2016; Watercolor and graphite, 10″x10″