Saskia Jorda
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Saskia Jorda

Artist Bio

Saskia Jordá is an interdisciplinary artist working on site-specific installations, soft sculptures, and drawings.  Her work has referenced the relationship between body and space, cultural identity, and mapping a sense of place since her undergraduate studies at Arizona State University and her graduate studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she earned her MFA in 2004. She has received various awards, including the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Award of the Phoenix Art Museum and an Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She has exhibited widely within the United States and internationally, and is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to her studio work, Saskia co-founded the Taliesin Artist Residency Program, which she directed from 2005-2017, and has been teaching Drawing and Textiles at college level since 2012.


In a world where a six-hour airplane flight can transplant a person into a completely alien world, cultural identity is retained through rituals surrounding clothing, play, language, and food. Having relocated from my native Venezuela to the United States as a teenager, I became aware of the layers of ‘skin’ that define and separate cultures—one’s own skin, the second skin of clothing, the shell of one’s dwelling place—all these protecting the vital space of one’s hidden identity. As an interdisciplinary artist and an object-maker my site-specific installations, soft sculptures, and drawings map the tension between retaining one’s identity and assimilating a foreign persona. This immigration and assimilation experience continues to fuel my work as I explore the relationships among body, space, cultural identity, and mapping a sense of place.

Selected Solo + Two Person Exhibitions

2020    Walter Art Gallery, “Prayer for America” – Scottsdale, Arizona

2017    PhxArt Project CityScape & Phoenix Art Museum, “Cacerolazo” – Phoenix, Arizona

Eric Fischl Gallery – Phoenix College, “Lineage” – Phoenix, Arizona

2016    Phoenix Art Museum, “A Geography of Line” – Curator: Gilbert Vicario – Phoenix, Arizona

Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse, “Alternate Terrain” – Curator: Julie Comnick – Prescott, Arizona

2013    Grand Central Art Center, “Unraveling Tradition” – Curator: John Spiak – Santa Ana, California

2012    Modified Arts Gallery, “Random Interference: Saskia Jorda + Chris Oatey”- Curator: Jeff Chabot – Phoenix, Arizona

2010    Modified Arts Gallery, “Cartograms of Memory” – Curator: Kim Larkin – Phoenix, Arizona

2007    Art Basel and Volta, “Brainwashing” performance – Curator: Milagros Bello – Basel, Switzerland

2006    And/Or Gallery, “Tom Moody + Saskia Jorda” – Dallas, Texas


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022    Coconino Center For the Arts, “NightVisions” – Curators: Julie Comnick & David Levy – Flagstaff, Arizona

Tempe Center for the Arts, “Degrees of Being” – Curator: Michelle Dock – Tempe, Arizona

2021    Nevada Museum of Art, Disturbances in the Field: Art in the High Desert from Andrea Zittel’s A-Z West to High

Desert Test Sites – Curator: Brooke Hodge – Reno, Nevada

Center Space at Scottsdale Arts, “Socially Distanced”- Curators: Laura Hales & Pamela Winfrey – Scottsdale, Arizona

2020    Tucson Museum of Art, “Arizona Biennial 2020” – Curator: Joe Baker – Tucson, Arizona

2019    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, “Counter-Landscapes: Performative Actions from the 1970 – Now” –

Curator: Jennifer McCabe – Scottsdale, Arizona

MCC Art Gallery – Mesa Community College, “Threaded” – Jurors: Mark Newport & Maria-Elisa Heg – Mesa, Arizona

Chandler Museum, “Inspired by History” – Collaboration by Vision Gallery & Chandler Museum – Chandler, Arizona

Dorsky Gallery, “Distance” – Works on paper by Skowhegan Alumni – Curators: Betsy Alwin and Steve Locke – Long Island City, New York

2018    Step Gallery, “10 Artist/2000 Speculums” – Curators: Lauren O’Connell and Forrest Solis – Phoenix, Arizona

Grand Rapids Art Museum, “Cacerolazo” at ArtPrize 10 – Curator: Ron Platt – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Vision Gallery and the Chandler Center for the Arts, “Object Inspiration” – Curator: Peter Bugg – Chandler, Arizona

2017    MCC Art Gallery – Mesa Community College, “BLUR” – Curator: Ted Decker – Mesa, Arizona

516 ARTS, “Fires of Change” – Curator: Shawn Skabelund – Albuquerque, New Mexico

SVA Chelsea Gallery, School of Visual Arts “SVA + Skowhegan” – Curator: Lauren Haynes – New York, New York

2016    Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, “It Took A While” – Tempe, Arizona

The University of Arizona Museum of Art, “Fires of Change” – Curator: Shawn Skabelund – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Museum of Art, “String Theory: Contemporary Art and the Fiber Legacy” – Curator: Julie Sasse – Tucson, Arizona

2015    Coconino Center for the Arts, “Fires of Change” – Curator: Shawn Skabelund – Flagstaff, Arizona (Sponsors:

Southwest Fire Science Consortium, Landscape Conservation Initiative, and National Endowment for the Arts).

Lisa Sette Gallery, “13 Works You’ll Be Lucky to See This Summer”- Curator: Lisa Sette – Phoenix, Arizona

2013    High Desert Test Sites 2013: Joshua Tree – Albuquerque, “Hotshots” – Curator: Andrea Zittel -Crown King,         Arizona

2012    Shemer Art Center and Museum, “Tributaries” – Curator: William LeGoullon – Phoenix, Arizona

2011    Tucson Museum of Art, “Arizona Biennial 2011” – Curator: Anne Ellegood – Tucson, Arizona

2010    Arizona State University Art Museum, “Open for Business” – Curator: John Spiak – Tempe, Arizona

Phoenix Art Museum, “2009 Contemporary Forum Grant Recipients Exhibition” – Phoenix, Arizona

2009    Haidian Theater, “Walks of Life” Set design – Beijing, China

Collaboration with choreographer Shouze Ma and Costume Designer Galina Mihaleva

MonOrchid Gallery, “[opuntia vulgaris]” – Phoenix, Arizona

2008    SPACES Gallery, “Bi-Lingual” – Cleveland, Ohio

Museo de Arte Moderno y Centro Cultural de España, “Arte de la Incertidumbre – Entre Muros” –

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2007    Union Gallery, University of Maryland “Hyphenation” – College Park, Maryland

Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo, “mobile homes” Installation – Leon, Mexico

2006    Galería Tomás Chávez Morado, “Entre Muros / Between Walls” – Guanajuato Capitál, Mexico

MASS Gallery, “20 [MB]” – Austin, Texas

Exit Art, “The Studio Visit” – New York, New York

2005    The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, “Conspicuous Production” – Dallas, Texas

Eyedrum Gallery, “Infusion”- Atlanta, Georgia

2004    Pool Art Center, Drury University, “Emerging NYC” – Springfield, Missouri

Rosen Galleries, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, “Out of Bounds” – Boone, North Carolina

West Side Gallery, School of Visual Arts, “In a Bind” – Curator: Rachel Gugelberger – New York, New York

Public Art Projects

2017    F.A.B.R.I.C, “Stitch” – INFLUX 7: Tempe Public Art – Tempe, Arizona

2015    Mesa Arts Center, “Migration,” SPARK! Mesa’s Festival of Creativity – Mesa, Arizona

Scottsdale Waterfront, “Migration,” Canal Convergence 2015: Scottsdale Public Art – Scottsdale, Arizona

2014    Scottsdale Quarter, “Work + Play,” INFLUX: Scottsdale Public Art – Scottsdale, Arizona

Murphy Park, “Fluttering Hearts,” Glendale Public Art Program – Glendale, Arizona

2012    Civic Center Library, INFLUX: Scottsdale Public Art with Scottsdale’s 100+ Journals Exhibit – Scottsdale, Arizona


Relevant Work Experience

2012- Adjunct Faculty, Textiles 277, and Foundation Drawing I, II & III, Phoenix College – Phoenix, Arizona

2012- Adjunct Faculty, Foundation Drawing I, II & III, Paradise Valley Community College – Phoenix, Arizona

2005-2017 Co-founder and Director of the Taliesin Artist Residency Program (TARP) at Taliesin and Taliesin

West – Spring Green, WI and Scottsdale, Arizona



2004 MFA – School of Visual Arts – New York, New York

2000 BFA in Painting – Summa Cum Laude – Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona


Awards + Honors

2019    Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts, Research and Development Grant Award – Phoenix, Arizona

2018    ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant funded by the Frey Foundation – Grand Rapids, Michigan

ArtPrize 10 Public Vote Finalist – Installation category for “Cacerolazo” – Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015    Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award, Phoenix Art Museum – Phoenix, Arizona

2011    Tucson Museum of Art Merit Award, Arizona Biennial – Tucson, Arizona

2010    Arizona Commission on the Arts, Artist Project Grant – Phoenix, Arizona

2009    Contemporary Forum of The Phoenix Art Museum, Artist Grant – Phoenix, Arizona

2005    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Fellowship Award – Skowhegan, Maine


Selected Lectures + Panels

2018    Guest Panelist/Podcast Interview by The Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – Scottsdale, Arizona

2016    Featured Speaker, A Geography of Line, Phoenix Art Museum – Phoenix, Arizona

Guest Panelist, Fires of Change, The University of Arizona Museum of Art – Tucson, Arizona

2013    Guest Speaker, Art World, Department of Visual Arts, California State University, Fullerton – California

2010    Featured Speaker, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2006    Guest Speaker, Entre Muros, Museo del Pueblo – Guanajuato Capitál, Mexico

2005    Featured Speaker, Colorado State University School of Art – Fort Collins, Colorado


Residencies + Additional Education

2014    Fires of Change Project – North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Sponsors: Southwest Fire Science

Consortium, Landscape Conservation Initiative, and National Endowment for the Arts).

2013    Grand Central Art Center, California State Univ. Fullerton, Artist Residency, Santa Ana, California

2010    Artist Studio Project 2010, Residency at Optima – Scottsdale, Arizona

2008    Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop Participant – Tucson, Arizona

2005    Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency – Skowhegan, Maine

UTD/South Side Artist Residency – Dallas, Texas


Selected Publications + Media

Jennifer McCabe, “Counter-Landscapes: Performative Actions from the 1970 – Now” Exhibition Catalog, SMoCA, 2021

Lauren O’Connell (Juror), New America Paintings No. 156., Pgs. 84-87, The Open Studios Press, Oct/Nov 2021

Lauren Tresp, “Bodies//Boundaries,” Southwest Contemporary, Vol. 1, Spring, 2021

Danielle Krysa, “A Big Important Artist,” Philadelphia: Running Press, 2019

Kenneth Steinbach, “Creative Practices for Visual Artists: Time, Space, Process,” New York: Routledge, 2018

Lauren Haynes, “SVA x Skowhegan” Exhibition Catalog, Visual Arts Press, Ltd., 2017

Lynn Trimble, “The Making of Saskia Jordá’s ‘Geography of Line’ at Phoenix Art Museum,” The Phoenix New Times, 05.10.2016

Matthew Irwin, “High Desert Test Sites,” Frieze Magazine, Issue 161, 05.03.14

Christina Noble, “Cartograms of Memory,” Landscape – Forward 111, American Institute of Architects, Spring 2011