Performance Artist, Carried Mattress Around Columbia University for Months to Raise Awareness About Sexual Violence on Campus
New York, NY
Emma Sulkowicz (b. 1992), lives and makes art in her hometown, New York City. She earned a BFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University (2015) and is currently studying studio art at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She is perhaps best known for her senior thesis at Columbia University--Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)--an endurance performance artwork in which she carried a dorm mattress everywhere she went on Columbia's campus for as long as she attended the same school as her attacker. Her more recent works include Ceci N'est Pas Un Viol, an Internet-based participatory artwork, and Self-Portrait (Performance With Object), which was her first solo gallery show.