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Aaron Putt

Graduate Assistant    

Aaron Kagan Putt is an artist working primarily as a painter. Much of his work involves immersion in unfamiliar environments and cultures. He observes and documents the people and places he encounters with sketches, photographs and notes. This anthropological research forms the basis for subsequent art projects.

His current art practice and process was initiated in 2008, when he and a friend adapted the design of a wood-conserving stove and drove through West Africa. Influenced by concepts of social sculpture, they worked with communities throughout the Sahara and Sahel to construct the stoves. Functioning as interactive public art works, the stoves became a center point for engagement and discussion about the relationship between the community and the desertification of the region. These experiences permanently altered his approach to art and art-making.
He has traveled and worked on other projects throughout North, South and Central America, North and West Africa, the Caribbean, and Eastern and Western Europe.