Wayne Diem Kleppe received his BFA from Tufts University in 2010 and his diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the same year.  After completing his undergraduate degrees, he was invited to act as a visiting professional printer at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he collaborated with William Kentridge, Andrew Lindsay, and Dumi Mabaso.  

FICTILIS, Seattle, WA; OBERON, Cambridge, MA; Yes.Oui.Si, Boston, MA; The Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX; Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO; Heaven Gallery, Chicago, Il; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Somerville Theater, Somerville, MA.

Contemporary Artist Center, Troy, NY; Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

Wayne Diem Kleppe


Thousand eight seventy-five

04.06.2012 to 20.07.2012

Emerging artist Wayne Kleppe has been for two months in residency at ´ace working on his project with large linocuts. 200 hundred prints of pidgeons and several tree branches hunging from the ceiling are part of an installation that explores the roots of agriculture in Argentina. The title of the exhibition (1875) is taken from the year in which Argentina sent the first intact grain shipment to the United Kingdom, sparking a wave of local and foreign investment.

The female figure, holding the barrel of hay, is both a reference to the maternal figure and the mythical female figure - whom is the embodiment of nurture and nature. The pigeons allude to city dwelling, literally and symbolically feeding off the life of urban


Every individual internalizes his or her experience of the world differently. There exist limitations to how we may express and react to these experiences; Social norms and constructs being the most prevalent constraint. My work aims to convey the anxiety that comes from feeling such limitations. Through the use of 'personas' one feels liberated from their own skin, literally, and is able to remove themselves from traditional obligations and paradigms of everyday life.