Iris Ward Loughran is sculptor, photographer, and urbanist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her artistic practice is initiated through investigations into place, or field research, where she takes photos, scavenges for objects, and observes. She is interested in the interaction between humans and the environment or landscape, and the opportunities for individuals to be confronted with the builders of environments, such as objects of surveillance, barriers, signs, and other obstructions. Using a sort of radical placemaking, Loughran’s practice is a pursuit of joy that invites the viewer to play in the face of these unseen architects.
Loughran has a BA in Urban Studies and Planning from University of California San Diego and an MFA in Visual arts from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University with full tuition scholarship. She has exhibited at Wild Project in New York, NY; Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, NJ; Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY; LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University in New York; and Heroes Gallery in New York, NY, among others. She was a participant of the 2021-2022 Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program hosted by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York and led by artist Meleko Mokgosi.
From July to September 2022, Iris Ward Loughran is a resident artist in the programme Zu Gast bei Urbane Künste Ruhr in Dortmund.