My work uses the language of furniture to investigate ideas around identity and culture and to re-present histories that counter dominate Western historical narratives. Using furniture forms and other domestic objects that I often integrate with other media such as sound and video, I create experiences that reposition historical objects and/or aesthetics in a contemporary context and offer audiences new ways of thinking about and interacting with history.
In my work as a maker, educator, curator and writer I often produce objects, spaces, and ideas where craft and technology meet. I grapple with questions such as: what will be the fate of the handmade object in a technological and information-based age? I advocate a progressive agenda for the future of craft and design that advances the proposition that makers and designers not only keep pace with the digital age, but take part in inventing it as well.
Fo Wilson graduated with an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Designs Furniture Design program in 2005 with a concentration in Art history, Theory and Criticism. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art in the Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago and is the 2013-14 inaugural Faculty Fellow for the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) at the college. Prior to her graduate studies, she founded Studio W, Inc., a design consultancy with offices in New York and the San Francisco Bay area. Her furniture-based work is exhibited nationally, and her design work is included in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.