Keetra Dean Dixon is an artist, designer and director who has worked as an experiential design director in New York but has also run her own independent studio practice in rural Alaska focusing on lettering, sculpture, and product design projects. Her hybrid background often leads her work towards speculative terrain, leveraging both emergent technologies and process-focused, collaborative making. Dixon will be visiting the School of Art during the week of January 23, 2017 delivering a public lecture on Tuesday the 24th at 5:30pm.
Dixon thinks beyond medium as she develops conceptual frameworks for users to participate in generating content in her experiential pieces. Dixon’s work has been described as incorporating “both craft and technology, impersonal code merging and colliding with human touch.” Fluent in both low-tech and high tech media, she uses materials ranging from fabric and clay to code and digital projections to create projects and products such as clay typographic sculptures and illustrative identities created by generative systems.
Dixon’s work has been recognized broadly including in the permanent design collection at SFMOMA and with the honorable ranking of ADC Young Gun (Art Director’s Cub) in 2008. She completed commissions for the 2009 U.S. presidential inauguration and the 2012 Olympic games, has shown at the Walker Art Center and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and has acted as Design Director for installations featured at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2013 she participated in INCONGRUOUS, a residency for ‘brazen experimentation in design practices’ at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. Dixon recently left her rural Alaska studio to join the faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design. She holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
image: Museum As Manufacturer. installation at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, 2013