Avery Forbes is a skilled artist working in new and traditional media. She has worked as a digital fabrication shop manager in both professional and academic settings. Her experience working with the latest digital fabrication technologies has allowed her to create works that use both new and traditional techniques to turn a critical and satirical eye on our current political environment. By combining new and old, masculine and feminine, Avery explores what it means to be a woman and posits that there is no one “type” but rather many roles that a female takes on throughout her life and later discards.
Avery majored in Visual Arts and Art History at Bowdoin College, where she was awarded the Anne Bartlett Lewis Memorial Prize in Visual Arts. After college Avery spent some time working as an artist's assistant at Gary Lichtenstein Editions. Avery has also worked professionally for the past 6 years as a scenic painter, graphic designer and prop fabricator in New York City. She has created props for the shows Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, White Collar, Blacklist, Luke Cage and the movies Noah, Inside Llewyn Davis, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many others. Avery received her Masters in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University where she also earned a Zankel Fellowship and a Whitney Fellowship, resulting in a very busy and rewarding second year. Avery will begin a Visual Arts MFA program at UMass Amherst in the Fall and looks forward to working as a woodshop administrator and undergraduate fine arts instructor.
Avery's favorite thing is the laser cutter, and she is currently trying to structure her life in a way that gives her constant access to one. Her latest series involves an exploration of technology and our tenuous relationship with machines that we feel like we need but we don't understand.