Through my work, I investigate the methods of creating and the components of finding and adapting to place.
Nature’s baseline imperative—from microbes, plants, insect colonies, to cities—is survival. Its systems must react to constantly changing conditions or be destroyed. I am fascinated by the adaptations through which metamorphosis—and survival--occurs.
Inspired by these systems’ abilities to adjust their methods of growth to overcome environmental challenges, I create installations and site-specific works, that investigate the ideas of process, progress, and reason. I take on the role of maker, discoverer, and viewer; donning and shedding these mantles as necessary to better understand the process of creation, display, and interaction.
Blurring the lines of gallery and studio, I approach each as a place of creation and of observation. My work is a collaboration between me, the materials, and the space. Drawn to materials that are naturally delicate, I accentuate their ephemeral quality through the demanding construction of each piece, creating moments instead of lasting artifacts. Using such materials as paper, plastic, light, and ceramics, I focus on creating immersive and contemplative works that allow viewers to address the space in new ways.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Adelaine Muth traveled across the country to receive a BFA from the University of Washington in 2017. During her undergraduate career she studied abroad in Rome, Italy in 2015 ending in a group exhibition on the UW’s campus in Rome where she created her first site specific installation. In 2016 Adelaine received the Totten Chase Scholarship for Academic Merit.
While living in Seattle, Adelaine was apart of multiple group shows including two at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery where she also worked as a Gallery Lead and co-curated several shows. At the end of her time at University of Washington, Adelaine was granted a solo thesis show titled ‘Mimesis’.
In the summer after receiving her BFA, Adelaine received a financial scholarship to attend James Tisdale’s Summer workshop at Anderson Ranch. She then spent a month working for Rebecca Hutchinson as her studio assistant in Montana.
The following August, Adelaine was accepted and attended Pennsylvania State University as the non-degree Post Bacc student in sculpture. During that year she took part in multiple group shows on and off Penn State’s campus. Adelaine created her first public work temporarily installed outdoors on the campus of Penn State as part of the exhibition ‘Sign, Steeled, Delivered’.
The summer of 2018, Adelaine was accepted to participate in the Birdsell Residency Project in South Bend, IN. She, along with 9 other artists, created large installations in the old Ziker Dry Cleaning factory, now known as Vested Interest, responding to the history and future of South Bend. Following the residency, Adelaine returned to Montana to work for Rebecca Hutchinson as her studio assistant and continues to work for her as her studio manager. Currently she lives and works in New York City.