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Biography

Shana Kaplow is a visual artist living and working in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at museums and galleries including The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Tianjin Museum of Art (Tianjin, China), The Asheville Museum of Art (NC), The Plains Art Museum (ND), The Soap Factory (MN), Rosalux Gallery (MN), 55 Mercer Gallery (NY), Franklin Art Works (MN), Detroit Artists Market (MI), The Art Space (Tel Aviv), The Third Place Gallery (MN), Weinstein Gallery (MN), Thomas Barry Fine Arts, (MN) and The Law Warschaw Gallery at Macalester College (MN). Her video work has been screened at The Walker Art Center, and the Austro-Sino Arts Program in Beijing, China.

She has received several grants and fellowships for her work including The Joan Mitchell Foundation Artists Grant for Painters and Sculptors, the Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, the McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship, the MN State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant, and the Arts Midwest/NEA fellowship. She has been an artist in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, The Red Gate International Art Residency in Beijing, China, and the Vermont Studio Center. The first book about her work, Object Objects, was published in 2019. She received her MFA from The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Mount Royal School of Art and a BA from Connecticut College. Shana was a Professor of 2D Media and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Art Department at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota from 2004-2019.

Statement

The interaction between the body, the space of the home, and the larger world is the starting point for my work with ink paintings, wall installations, sculptures, and videos. In reflecting on everyday, mass-produced belongings, I recognize tensions that are embedded in these objects, implicating the story of a contemporary world that is both intimate and globally interconnected. What are the conditions of labor and complicity that are carried along with the objects I use in my daily life? What bodies, what histories are present in them? Chairs, dining tables, and pillows (objects that support the body’s rest, sustenance, and comfort) degrade into dissolving forms and unstable arrangements.

I am interested in the fluidity of ink because it evokes the mercurial, the slippery, the psychological. Solid objects and fluid gesture inhabit the same spaces, conflating the concrete and the ephemeral. This work is as much about what (and who) is absent as it is about what is present and visible. I am driven by a desire to pay attention to undercurrents that are palpable, but unseen.

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