Isla's work reenacts forms of popular media, play, and systems of production, recreating ways in which bodies connect to technologies in the world around us. Her work sets in motion new and sometimes crude means of image-making in order to break down or convolute processes of technological mediation. Recently, Isla has focused on the way in which camera and robotic systems in the gaming, medicine, food, and sports industries have developed by tracking and positioning the human body as analogue. Evoking the association of image to desire, idolatry, ideology, and learning, these absurd systems reinterpret and complicate the relationship between the human body and technological progress.


b. Philadelphia, PA 1987


2015 MFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2010 BA English & Comparative Lit, Columbia University, New York, NY
2010 BA Visual Art, Columbia University, New York, NY


Visiting Artist in Residence, UCLA Game Lab
Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship
GuSH Graduate Research Funding Grant (Carnegie Mellon University)

The Sprout Fund Seed Award Fund for Community Innovation in Pittsburgh (with Dadpranks)
Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier microgrant, the Studio for Creative Inquiry
Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts Seebacher Fellow
American Austrian Foundation Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts
Best in Show, Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Exhibition (with Dadpranks)

Konrad and Gisela Weis Fellowship - Carnegie Mellon School of Art)

Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier microgrant, the Studio for Creative Inquiry
GuSH Graduate Research Funding Grant - Carnegie Mellon University
Tough Art Residency, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (in collaboration with Luke Loeffler)

VCU Summer Studio Practicum, Sculpture + Extended Media

Williams Traveling Fellowship (Columbia University)

Maine Governor’s Young Writer of the Year Award


Demolition One, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
The Last Game Ever, PS 142 Gym, New York, NY (with Downtown Girls Basketball)
Play Dead, ThreeFourThreeFour Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Encountering the Unseen: Puppet-Actualized Lectures on Microbiology, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA (Produced with Tucker Marder)
Performing Under Surveillance, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH


[forthcoming] Engineering Utopias (curated by Kris Paulsen in collaboration with the OSU Engineering dept restoration project), Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH
[forthcoming] “Getting Air: Technology and the Levitating Body in Sports Media,” The International Journal of New Media, Technology, and the Arts, Print
[forthcoming] Incite #7: Sports (contributor), INCITE Journal of Experimental Media, Print and Online
Hervisions, The Standard, Los Angeles, CA (with Dadpranks)
Wish You Were Here (faculty group show), Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH
Sidewalk Empire Sunset Select (two person show), Dedalus Foundation Gallery at Industry City, Brooklyn, NY (with Cecily Culver)
Felt Book at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair, The Institute For New Feeling, (with Dadpranks)

UCLA Game Arts Festival, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
VIA Festival Games Salon: Rules For Another Self, Boom Projects, Pittsburgh, PA
How to Remain Human, MOCA Cleveland, OH (with Dadpranks)
MFA Thesis Show, Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Picture Show, Days Inn Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (with Tucker Marder)
Sensory3 Mall @ Century III Mall, Open Engagement 2015, Pittsburgh, PA
Unloaded (group show), SPACE, Pittsburgh, PA (with Dadpranks)
20 Years of Mall Culture…, Hopes&Fears, online (with Dadpranks)
Felt Book (online publication), The Institute for New Feeling (with Dadpranks)

The Non-Human, Festung Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Costumes for Galapagos, Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY (Adapted from the Kurt Vonnegut novel and Produced / Directed by Tucker Marder and Christian Scheider, Arboretum Productions)
Broke Baroque, Sanctuary Project Space, Pittsburgh, PA (with Dadpranks)
Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA (with Dadpranks)
Day of The Painter, 5139 Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Club Puppet, Howe St. Project Space, Pittsburgh, PA
Gross Domestic Product, The Mine Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
EXHIBITION001, Acid Rain Productions, online (with Dadpranks)
T.GIF Tournament, presented by Via Festival, online (with Dadpranks)

Tough Art, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (with Luke Loeffler)
Live Archive, The Crucible Building, Pittsburgh, PA

VIS-À-VIS, Back Yard Projects NYC, New York, NY

Between The Eyes, FAB Gallery, Richmond, VA

Montrose Initiative for the Arts Bike In, Haggerty Hall, Brooklyn, NY
Columbia University Undergraduate Thesis Exhibition, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, NYC


[forthcoming] “SHIFT + ALT + CTRL: Why We Need Alternative Mechanisms for Control,” GlitchCon Games conference, Minneapolis, MN
[forthcoming] “Getting Air: Technology and the Levitating Body in Sports Media,” Conference on the Arts in Society, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris, France
Artist’s talk, SymbioticA, University of Western Australia, Western Australia
Radio interview, RTRfm 92.1 Perth, Western Australia
Techno Art: The Production of Desire, panel discussion with Ken Rinaldo and Amy Youngs, Urban Arts Space, Columbus, OH
Artist’s walk through, Dedalus Foundation Industry City Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Artist’s talk, The Ohio State University

Artist’s talk, UCLA Game Lab, Los Angeles, CA
Artist’s talk, SVA undergraduate seminar, New York, NY

Artist’s talk, International Summer Academy, Festung Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria
“Performing Under Surveillance,” visiting artist talk & workshop, Columbus Museum of Art

Artist’s Talk, MFA presentation night, Kresge Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Mediated Motor skills & play, workshop, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
Artist’s Talk, CMU/SAIC MFA presentations, Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH
Artist’s Talk, Visiting Artist Series, Creative and Performing Arts High School of Pittsburgh, PA

Artist’s Talk, Visiting Artist Series, OSHER, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

“Pecha Kucha Ken Burns,” screening, FAB Gallery at VCU, Richmond, VA


2016- Assistant Professor of Art, The Ohio State University
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design / Department of Art

2016- Non Resident Studio Advisor, Maine College of Art
Advisor for low residency MFA program

2012-15 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University School of Art