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May Wilson Biography


The sculptures of San Francisco-based May Wilson have an implied instability that creates palpable tension. They begin as material explorations of vinyl, industrial felt, nylon strapping, and concrete that often rely on the architectural structures around them for physical support. Appearing lumbering and perhaps fragile, Wilson’s sculptures oscillate between domineering anthropomorphic forms and naïve objects. Viewers experience the work viscerally, perceiving their own corporeal being relative to the scale and weight of the sculptures.

May Wilson (b. 1986, Annapolis, MD) received her MFA from the University of California-Davis, and was a finalist for the SFMOMA SECA award in 2016. Wilson has been awarded a residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and a fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2013. She has exhibited at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles (2016); Bass and Reiner, San Francisco (2016), Some.Time.Salon (2016), San Francisco; CULT Exhibitions, San Francisco (2015); di Rosa Foundation, San Francisco (2015); Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma (2015); and Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito (2014). Wilson has forthcoming exhibitions at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles and VACANCYLA, Los Angeles. Her work has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, Frieze Magazine, Art Practical, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Wilson lives and works in the Bay Area.