Caitlin Berrigan works at the intersection of performance, edible sculpture, participatory actions and the life sciences to initiate dialogue about biopolitics and culture. Less concerned with visualizing the unseen, she is interested in employing spatial aesthetics to make imperceptible forces an embodied experience. She stages conflict between pleasure and discomfort through intimate, choreographed encounters between the public and sculptural media—provoking multivalent readings and visceral responses. By uncovering layers of ambiguous emotions, she aims to open a space of potential to confront uncertainty within the context of social issues.
Berrigan has created special commissions for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the deCordova Museum, and her work has shown internationally at Storefront for Art & Architecture, Hammer Museum L.A., Gallery 400 Chicago, Anthology Film Archives, LACMA, Lugar a Dudas Bogotá, 0047 Gallery Oslo and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. She holds a Master’s in visual art from MIT and a B.A. in art history and production from Hampshire College. Berrigan was an Agnes Gund fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and has held residency fellowships at PROGRAM for Art & Architecture in Berlin, the Bioarts Initiative at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and MassArt. She has been an invited speaker at the New Museum, Harvard Medical School, and the Max Planck Institute. Her work is held in the Archive of Spatial Aesthetics & Praxis.