The Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Zoë Sheehan Saldaña
Zoë Sheehan Saldaña (MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York) is a Professor of Art at Baruch College. She completed her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally.
Her art considers what it means to make something by hand in the contemporary moment. She fabricates handmade duplicates of typically mass-produced objects, and then deploys her creations in various environments. The scent of generosity that pervades her work often carries a whiff of guile. Sheehan states, "I’m motivated by curiosity, enchantment, and a sense of desperate optimism in the face of the ferocious disconnection that characterizes daily life in post-industrial America. I prefer to make problems, not solutions. My hope is that the art I create provokes unsettledness, to make us consider once again that which we thought we knew."