The artist sitting on her piece Apotropaic, 2013. 

Photography credit: Emma Robinson. 


Currently lives and works in Providence, RI.

Her studio is located in the old Atlantic Mills Building in Olneyville. 

McKenzie Gibson is an artist that works within the context of furniture design. Known primarily for her innovative use of mixed materials, much of McKenzie’s work re-examines purpose and function as it relates to constituent pieces, space, and interpretation. At home in an art gallery or residence, these bespoke pieces blur the line between art and design.

Her eclectic approach to fabrication and material is informed by her journey from architecture (University of Tennessee) to fine art (BA (Hons) Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts, London) to, now, furniture design, wherein she is a 2017 MFA candidate (Rhode Island School of Design).

Her work subverts gender norms, often cited as having a “masculine aesthetic,” which effectively represents just how invested she is in asking her audience to reconsider its assumptions about material, fabrication, design, and art.

b. 1983

Hometown: Knoxville, TN