As a visual and sound artist, Thessia Machado’s work delves into the mechanical relationships among physical things: how they work and are affected by other things – interactivity of a tangible sort. "Working with sound allows me to think of the air in which we all swim, as yet another malleable and responsive, physical material. A non-hierarchical approach to sound (isn’t it all noise?) and its organizational principles (this doesn’t sound like music!) allows for the uncovering and exposing of latent patterns and systems that hide in the unremarkable."
Machado is a visual/sound artist, instrument builder and performer whose work plumbs the materiality of sound and its effect on our shifting perceptions of space. She creates circumstances in which to mine the matter of her pieces for their innate physical properties and the sonic and visual relationships that can arise from their interactions. In the performed works, the ensemble of things is augmented by a dynamically responsive and intentionally unpredictable human element. Electronics are almost always implicated.
In 2019, Machado had a solo exhibition at the Arts Club of Chicago. In 2017, she was awarded the Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artist’s Grant. She is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Harvestworks, The Experimental Television Center and The Bronx Museum. Machado’s work has been shown, among other places, at The Drawing Center, NY, BRIC Arts, NY, The German-Japanese Cultural Center, Cologne, Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, District Gallery and SomoS Gallery in Berlin. Machado has attended residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Homesession, Barcelona, Yaddo, Ipark, NARS Foundation, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Machado was a visiting faculty member at Bennington for Fall 2019.