Whitney Sparks joins the wealth of talent being showcased at the Signs of Dexterity this weekend

Whitney Sparks

Signs of Dexterity Art Market is taking place from 3-5 October, and showcasing the extraordinary range of international that is being drawn to this city. It takes place in the Plateau Gallery, at the top of the Greenhouse, the artistic community building just south of Tempelhofer Feld.

Whitney Sparks (b. Chicago, USA, 1984) did not attend elementary or middle school but was “unschooled” and grew-up with her nomadic family in California and Texas. Thus she spent most of her childhood in creative pursuits. Having studied ballet and modern dance since she was five, she auditioned and enrolled in Houston’s High School for Performing and Visual Arts as a dancer.

On a trip to Nigeria when she was 15, Whitney barely survived a car accident that killed her mother. She chose to spend her last year of high school in Zaragoza, Spain. In 2003, Whitney started at Yale University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in American studies, with a concentration in film. Whitney spent a year working as a journalist in New York City before moving to northern California, where she helped develop “Stanford Global Gateway,” a website for Stanford University. Whitney is certified in permaculture design (sustainable agriculture) and as a Hatha Yoga teacher. For the next two years she journeyed across Asia, from India to Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. Inspired by the pantheon of Hindu faith and her experiences with Buddhist mysticism, Whitney decided to pursue full time the various forms of visual art she had been making on her own for years.

At the suggestion of a friend, she applied to Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland where she received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in June 2013.

Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a 'recovering musician', he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.

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