Shiny cast iron claw shaped sculpture sitting on concrete floor

Martha Poggioli, Shield Simulation, medial fragment (US3782376) (2021). Cast iron. 34 x 18 x 3 in. Photo by Amber Ford, courtesy of SPACES Gallery, Cleveland.

Martha Poggioli is an artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Taking the format of reproduction as both a subject and a method of play, her practice involves cataloguing, mapping, and deconstructing systems to find new forms through industrial, craft and invented modes of making. Her current work interrogates legacies of intellectual property and industrial design with a focus on reproductive, contraceptive, prosthetic, and surgical devices.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.