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Douglas Dale (they/them) was born in Springfield, MA in 1993. They received their BA from Grinnell College in 2015 with honors and time at Sorbonne Université in Paris, France. They have worked at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, textile studio Carolyn Ray’s Inc. in Yonkers, NY and product incubator FCTRY in Brooklyn. Their work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows, including Commonfolk Gallery, North Adams, MA; Faulkner Gallery, Grinnell, IA; YoHo Artists Mill, Yonkers, NY; The Factory, Long Island City, NY; ARTSW Gallery, White Plains, NY; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, MT, and the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Dale identifies as non-binary and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
How does our identity differ from our exterior presentation? How does our history of gendered materials apply to a transgender landscape? Dale's practice investigates these questions, revolving around the creation of Second Skins: here, contouring yarn to trace grain on found wood. Their work embraces antinomy, encouraging the radical idea of “both.” Proudly nonbinary, Dale extends their own queering unto inanimate objects: mixing masculine and feminine materials, marrying textile and sculpture.