Wade Schaming was born in 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His sculptures are built through assemblage, allowing materials to remain unchanged from how they are found; they are used as is. This process gives new life to discarded and forgotten objects. The sources of his materials comes from the site he currently works, personal belongings and possessions related to his family, particularly his mother who was a lifelong hoarder. Since her death in 2012, the culmination of a rare form of dementia, he has been using his mothers effects in his work, predominantly the Tupperware and Avon products she hoarded, detritus of her days as a door-to-door saleswoman.
Wade Schaming studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (BA 2006) and the School of Visual Arts, New York, New York (MFA 2010). He has participated in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2012) and was an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont (2014) and Residency 108, Clermont, New York (2014). He currently is participating in the Keyholder Residency program at the Lower East Side Printshop, New York, New York (2015-16) and will be the August 2015 artist-in-residence at The Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, Texas. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
home page photo credit: Ken Shung Residency 108, Clermont, NY, 2014