Io Palmer was born on Hydra- a motor-less Greek island off the coast of the Peleponesse. The first seven years of her life were spent amongst the donkeys, the fishes, the clear blue Mediterranean sea and the jazz music her parents listened to.
Through depictions of cleaning products, laborers' garments and various other industrial and domestic forms, Io Palmer's artworks explore the complex issues of class, capitalism and societal excess. Trained originally as a ceramicist, Palmer uses a variety of processes and materials including fabric, steel, sound and wood.
Palmer has been featured in several national and international exhibitions including Dakart-International Arts Biennial, Dakar, Senegal; Working History, Reed College, Portland, OR; Hair Follies, Concordia University, Montreal and Rush Gallery, New York City, NY.
Solo exhibitions at York College, CUNY, Jamaica, NY; Deluge Contemporary, Victoria, BC; The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR and a two person exhibition at the Howard County Arts Council, Ellicott City, MD.
She has participated in several artist residencies including the Sanskriti Foundation, New Delhi, India; the Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM; Art Channel, Beijing, China and the Ucross Foundation, Clermont Wyoming. Io received an Idaho Commission on the Arts Grant in 2014. And a Fulbright Nehru Research Grant to India, 2018-2019.
She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, Tucson and a BFA from Tyler School of Art (Temple University), Philadelphia, PA.
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