Kerry Skarbakka was born in Minnesota and raised on a farm in rural Tennessee. Over the past 25 years, Skarbakka has focused in finding the continuity in his work by planting himself squarely between the studio arts and performance. Roughly 20 years ago, the center of Skarbakka’s creative practice evolved into integrating more physical and daring self-performance-based practices with constructed photography. Incorporating video and sculpture into his approach, Skarbakka’s work investigates themes of instability, confusion, anxiety, masculinity and the existential loss of control. His more recent projects tackle issues of identity and power in the socio-political landscape.
**Work was made possible with the funding and support of the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, the Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for the City of Seattle, the Illinois Arts Council and CAAP (Chicago).