George Ferrandi

George Ferrandi grew up in Baltimore restoring churches with both of her parents and her brothers. She studied sculpture at VCU, Ohio State University and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She taught sculpture and performance for a few years in Virginia, Florida, and briefly, North Carolina, and Peru. Along with her closest friends, she founded the award winning Cloud Seeding Circus of the Performative Object, which toured the U.S. three times, leaving Fellini-esque images in the minds of witnesses from Gainesville to San Diego. She moved to Brooklyn on September 10, 2001, and became a New Yorker the next morning.

George operates a small business restoring statues for churches and maintains her studio practice in Williamsburg, NY, where she lives with her boyfriend, Scout, and their dog, Santo. Her work has been exhibited or performed throughout the country at Columbia University in New York, the Kitchen in New York, Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, the Museo Italo-Americano in San Francisco, the Wexner Center in Colombus, and the MacKinney Contemporary in Dallas. She was a 2001 Franklin Furnace Fundwinner for Performance Art and has recently been awarded a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation grant. She is currently an artist in residence at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, where she is developing a parade of sculpture for spring 2010. And along with collaborators David McQueen and Jason Anthony, she is a participant in the 2009/10 Puppet Lab at St. Anne’s warehouse.

Regarding George Ferrandi’s work, Holland Cotter of the New York Times said recently that she is “quietly rethinking how art looks or works”, which was an enormous compliment at the time, but now feels like an awful lot of pressure.