Richard Saxton is an artist, designer, and educator whose work focuses primarily on rural knowledge and landscape. Saxton’s work is conceived through an interdisciplinary cultural framework, and can be contextualized through social and site-based art practice. His work has been described as contemporary vernacular, non-heroic, and an art infused with rural experience without subscribing to any one genre or culture. Saxton is the founder of the M12 Collective, an interdisciplinary group that develops projects through dialogical and collaborative approaches and supports art making in rural and remote areas. Overall, his practice celebrates the value of often under-represented rural communities and their surrounding landscapes.
Saxton is the co-editor of A Decade of Country Hits: Art on the Rural Frontier (Jap Sam Books 2014). Recent works and projects have appeared at The Santa Fe Art Institute, The Venice Biennale of Architecture (2012); The Kalmar Konstmuseum in Sweden; Franklin Street Works; Wormfarm Institute; The Australian Biennial SPACED (2011); The Biennial of the Americas (2010); The Center for Land Use Interpretation; The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore; Wall House #2 Foundation in the Netherlands, and The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.