For many years, instead of an artist website under my name, my work was filtered through or re-directed by DymProducts.com. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Dym Products functioned as an informal pseudonym, or disguise. I enjoyed organizing my public face as an awkward, searching, unresolved corporation.
"In 2013, Dym transformed her long-held alter ego, Dym Products, into an actual corporation. Using business strategy, she focuses on the strange human traits of liking to make and to buy stuff, and to generate shocking volumes of toxins and trash."
This corporation had different divisions that took on different subjects. There was always interweaving of content and themes. On DymProducts.com, I don't think I made this particularly clear. The structure allowed me to do some things, and made others difficult.
One reason I chose corporate divisions—though I didn’t realize this at the time—was because that allowed me to sort work by projects without saying as much. Trying to organize an artist website in the past, I’d stumble over my own cross-referencing categories and irritation with slideshows, a prevailing metaphor of artist websites.
Suddenly, it's 2018 and websites behave differently. The projects flow into their right containers. With older work, too, I'm happy to extract parts of projects or series and re-categorize them with similar things (see Omitted Projects for the clearest example).
I trained as a painter, and the best painting is conceptual art.
Miriam Dym is an artist and self-taught systems thinker with a practice rooted in drawing. She often uses strategies and tools from design, engineering, and business, which shows up as performance. As part of years’ long performances (within daily life and as part of public events), Dym creates hybrid and disruptive objects that avoid clear categorization, including functional items treated as art (e.g., not used for their function) and art made so that it might have functionality. For some projects, Dym enacts manufacturing or systems processes in public, sometimes with viewer interaction.
Dym has shown at museums and galleries in the US and abroad, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and SFMOMA, which has one of her pieces in the permanent collection, Susanne Vielmetter, PØST-LA, and Pierogi. Residencies include The Watermill (Long Island, New York), Cité des Arts (Paris), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley) and Stanford University Digital Art Center. Dym is a 2017 LS&Co Sustainability grant recipient. In 2018, several works Dym created in the mid-1990s years will be in "Contraption" at the Contemporary Jewish Museum—thrillingly, alongside Rube Goldberg, Bella Feldman, and other very cool artists.