Desiree Des was born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Chambersburg, PA. She received her MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College, a Master’s in Library Science from Rutgers University, and a BFA in Studio Art from Alfred University. She was given Special Recognition for the C12 Emerging Artist Award and was the recipient of the Institute for Electronic Art’s Print Residency in Alfred, NY. Her work has been seen at the Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery (SUNY Purchase), in both Whitney Houston Biennials, at SOHO20 Gallery, at SARDINE Gallery, at the Knockdown Center, at the Come Out & Play Festival, on Hyperallergic, on the cover of Conjunctions, in BOMB Magazine, on a billboard at the intersection of Broadway and 174th Street in Manhattan (supported by 14x48.org), and on the Global Programs Office bulletin board at the Guggenheim Museum.
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I believe art can be fun and egalitarian while still being conceptually rigorous and engaged with the act of looking, both for the artist and viewer. My questions are always: How can the experience of an artwork further its meaning? How does the function of art shift in and outside of the gallery? What can it do beyond my intention, in the hands of another, on their terms? What is art worth beyond monetary value systems? -d.d.