In her photographs and installations Tori Purcell delves into the world of things, investigating how identity is formed and transformed through the everyday objects that populate our lives. Though based in specific contexts – the home of a Cuban immigrant or the small-town landscape of the southeastern United States – her documentary images allude to more general patterns of social and economic exchange. Ever conscious of the inextricable bonds between local and global, Purcell offers cool and composed commentary on the material culture of contemporary America. Purcell's work was selected from over 130 submissions to the New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation's inaugural Juried Solo Exhibition. The breadth and quality of all these entries suggest rich possibilities for this promising new program, through which the Foundation's commitment to emerging artists continues to grow. I am proud to have served as the show's first juror and, through it, to have been exposed to such talented young artists as Purcell.
Nat Trotman, Associate Curator
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York