Anika Cartterfield studies places of tension -- instances in politics and in her personal story where two forces are so at odds with one another, they are locked into immobility. She confronts these divisions: researching, investigating, and then responding, with sculptures and installations that hold an inclusive space in which conflicting forces co-exist. She uses this process to create site-responsive works that do not name a “right” or a “wrong” but instead create room for things to be fully themselves, to be separate, and to witness one another.

Cartterfield has created site-specific installations in the U.S. and abroad and exhibited in galleries in Vermont, Boston, and Maryland. 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 Salem Art Works, Arquetopia, Puebla, MX, and Haystack School of Craft and Design. Cartterfield has worked extensively as a leader in conservation nonprofits and as a resident coordinator at Salem Art Works, an artist residency in Upstate New York. She is currently making work in Austin, TX as an MFA candidate at University of Texas at Austin.