January 24, 2011 – February 25, 2011
Juried by Denise Markonish, Curator, from MASS MoCA. This Biennial features the work of alumnae Valerie Garlick, Cara Vickers-Kane, and Jessica Schwind.
Working in diverse media — photography, drawing, collage, and video — these three artists are joined by a thread of self-discovery and social critique as well as a visual richness that complements each others’ work.
Valerie Garlick works with appropriated imagery, often of the “ideal” woman from popular media. She describes the work as “artifacts of desire to investigate trajectories of want and abjection.” She uses collage “to narrate episodic presentations of narcissistic archaeology as poetic minuets.”
Cara Vickers-Kane describes, Self Portraits of Your Mother, as a body of work that “studies perceptions of honesty, surface, intensity, and ritual.” It asks “familiar, yet unforgettable and undeniable questions, with a wry nod to the changing shape of womanhood.”
Jessica Schwind investigates our relationship with nature through her own relationship with her garden. “I often think about the garden as the ideal picture of nature, beautiful, well manicured and blooming throughout all seasons.” Her video piece Wren, in part, explores the ways in which “attempts to control nature are always futile.”