Anika Cartterfield is a sculptor, experience-based researcher, and conservation activist. She begins her work by studying the overlapping and conflicting histories that manifest within a landscape. Through her installations, she then looks not to create a journalistic frame for these stories, but to translate their poetics into works that express how disparate communities and timelines coexist within material, shaping both physical space and our understanding of it. Her current work explores Texas’s culture and policy around land ownership and how such constructs relate to the human longing for wild.
Cartterfield has created site-specific installations in the US and abroad and exhibited in galleries in Vermont, Boston, Maryland, and Austin. She completed her B.F.A. at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design ‘15. She was the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Godine Travel Award to support a two-month material research trip in Mexico. She has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Salem Art Works, Monson Arts Center and Haystack School of Craft and Design, and Arquetopia in Puebla MX. Cartterfield has worked extensively as a leader in conservation nonprofits and as a resident coordinator at Salem Art Works. She is currently making work in Austin TX as an MFA candidate at University of Texas at Austin.