2016 Carolyn Clayton

Carolyn Clayton

University of Michigan

Carolyn Clayton, of the University of Michigan, was awarded the 2016 Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting & Sculpture. The Fellowship carries a $25,000 stipend.


Clayton has long been interested in the traces that human beings leave on material things: the observable scratches, smudges and smells that hint at past occurrences, and broader human contact. This positioned her to ask whether object history is retained in fragments of everyday things, which she explores by collecting, photographing, pulverizing and reassembling still lifes of second-hand objects.