Mariah Tate Klemens was born and raised Seattle, WA. She received her BFA from Western Washington University in Mixed Media Sculpture emphasizing in performance in 2013. After graduating, Klemens taught and produced work in Guadalajara, Mexico. At Escuela Superior de Arquitectura she worked as an artist in residence and traveled across Mexico working with advisors formed through ESARQ. Upon returning to the United States she remained in the Northwest, attending the Centrum Emerging Artist Residency in Port Townsend, WA. She also exhibited in Bellingham, WA, Seattle WA, and Portland, OR for a period of time. Klemens now lives and works in Madison, WI, obsessing over ways of infusing memory, nostalgia, and elements of lost love into sculptures. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.