Rena Detrixhe is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Salina, KS where she is working as a Research Resident with The Land Institute. Rena grew up about 15 miles south of Russell, Kansas. She claims central Kansas with its endless horizons, thunderstorms, the crystal clear Milky Way, buffalo grass, expansive cropland, and pockets of magical prairie as her home. Through large-scale objects and installations, ephemeral sculpture, performance, drawings, and process-based work, she explores systems of value and cultural relations to land and the more-than-human world with attention to histories of injustice. Her current research is focused on Midwestern agriculture as both an important cultural signifier, and a deeply troubled relationship to the land.
Her research is supported by multiple grants and residencies including: a Serenbe Co-Esistere Residency, Stoneleaf Retreat, Tallgrass Artist Residency at the Konza Prairie Biological Station, a two-year residency with Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, and a three-year residency with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship among others. Detrixhe has lectured in universities and museums throughout the US and presented at the 27th annual International Sculpture Conference. In 2017 she received both the public and juried vote award at ArtPrize for her work Red Dirt Rug.
Red Dirt Installation