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Research Field: Creative Writing fiction/poetry; Art & Film Criticism; Object-Oriented Writing; Creative Nonfiction; Text-based visual art; Interdisciplinary/hybrid forms of writing

Research Field:

1. Creative Writing: fiction, poetry;

2. Art & Film Criticism;

3. Object-Oriented Writing;

4. Creative Nonfiction;

5. Text-based visual art;

6. Interdisciplinary/hybrid forms of writing


Travis Jeppesen is the author of three novels, two volumes of poetry, and a collection of art criticism. In 2018, his book See You in Pyongyang, about his time living and studying in North Korea, was published. His essays and criticism have appeared in New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, Artforum, Afterall, Art in America, Texte zur Kunst, Flash Art, LEAP, Bookforum, The Art Newspaper China, Spike, Frieze, and Mousse, among other publications. In addition to his art criticism, he is known as the creator of object-oriented writing, a metaphysical form of writing-as-embodiment that attempts to channel the inner lives of objects. His first major object-oriented writing project, 16 Sculptures, was published in book format by Publication Studio, featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial as an audio installation, and was the subject of a solo exhibition at Wilkinson Gallery in London. He is the recipient of a 2013 Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital / the Warhol Foundation, and has taught as a visiting lecturer in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, where he completed his PhD in 2016. His calligraphic and text-based art work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Wilkinson Gallery (London), Exile (Berlin), and Rupert (Vilnius).  His new collection of essays, Bad Writing, is forthcoming from Sternberg Press.