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Artist name: Nancy Wyllie

An old mattress dumped on a busy highway has been spray painted with a seemingly familiar phrase by area teens and serves as an exploration of syntax. Syntax, generally based on the constituent structure of sentences complete with subject, verb and object, has been subverted in this video short in ways that are at once humorous and filled with 21st century resignation.

Nancy E. Wyllie is a digital artist who holds Master’s degrees from RISD and Tulane University. From 1987 to 1988, she studied film at New York University. She has exhibited her photo-based work in New York at White Columns, The Alternative Museum, Artist’s Space and P.P.O.W., as well as Brandeis University, Ohio State University, Marymount Manhattan College, Providence College and M.I.T. In 2000, she was one of five Americans to represent the U.S. at The 3rd International Festival of Experimental and Performing Art in St. Petersburg, Russia, an event curated by the Dostoyevsky Foundation in London. She is a Professor of Art at the Community College of Rhode Island where she teaches courses in digital media. Her film Silent Witness was selected for the 7th International Berlin Directors Lounge Feb 10-20, 2011. Her video art was also included in Persona Art Festival 2011 at The Rag Factory in London in May where she was awarded the Persona Award.

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