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Tonya Sweet

Tonya Sweet

Residence Period: 2017.02.01-2017.02.28

Tonya Sweet

Residence Project

Disaster Manual investigates the application of objects in mitigating the negative psychological impact of disasters with an emphasis on seismic events. This body of work showcases a series of collages in development, as well as three-dimensional work that responds to live earthquake data from the Pacific Ring of Fire.


MFA Sculpture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, USA, 2005.
BFA Furniture Design, Rhode Island School of Design, USA, 2003.

Whole House Reuse Exhibition, Canterbury Museum, New Zealand, 2015.
Opus Exhibition, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates, 2014.
Reflective Mirror Exhibition, United Nations, USA, 2010.

Tonya Sweet is an artist-designer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Her creative work challenges common preconceptions regarding the role of design in mitigating the negative emotional and psychological impacts of traumatic events. This is explored through the context of speculative works that employ characteristics of emotional durability in the aim to foster psychological resilience.