E. Saffronia Downing (b. 1992) works with wild clay to map material residues across time and place. She received her BA in Studio Art from Hampshire College and her MFA in Ceramics from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Downing forages local material to create site-specific installation and sculpture. She is the co-creator of the digital publication Viral Ecologies. She teaches the course Knowledge Lab: Craft Ecologies in the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Downing is the recipient of awards and residencies such as the Oxbow School of Art Fellowship, ACRE Residency, and Salem Art Works Studio Artist Residency. She is currently a residential fellow at the Lunder Institute for American Art in Waterville, ME. 

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