Gretchen Pruett was born and raised in Flint, Michigan –a place that she continues to call home. She is an historian and craftswoman as well as an artist. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Anthropology and an M.A. in Education from the University of Michigan. She also earned an M.A. in History from the University of Delaware where she studied industrialization/deindustrialization, the environment and technology, and labor history. She is now turning her full focus to fine art as a preferred mode of representation and critical engagement.
Her work merges the material and the abstract by representing designs found in nature. Subjects range from the organic –plants, fungi, bodies, to the inorganic –stones, water, and objects outside our planet’s orbit. By removing these subjects from their context, her work reveals the shapes, textures, and colors that define them.