Samantha Fickel grew up in the Niagara Region of Southern Ontario, Canada. She attended OCAD University in Toronto where she majored in Sculpture and Installation. Additionally she completed a minor degree in Integrated Media. It was here that she took her first electronics class and has been do-it-yourself hacking ever since.
Fickel moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her MFA in Art and Technology Studies, 2016. It was during this period of study that Fickel combined her love of sculpture with her interests in electronics to create work, which tries to unravel her relationships with technology. She is engaged with the idea that it’s not just bits of data that we send around the network, but that we’re also sending ourselves. Fickel is currently working and creating out of her studio in Chicago where she is represented by Stuart & Co Gallery.
Samantha Fickel’s current relationship status with technology:
It’s Complicated . . . </3