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Artist Statement

The body and the home are starting points for my process of making ink paintings, wall installations, sculptures, and videos. These themes quickly implicate larger stories of a contemporary world that is both personal and globally interconnected. In reflecting on everyday mass-produced objects, I recognize tensions that are embedded in these belongings. What are the unseen conditions of exploitation and complicity that are carried along with the things I use intimately in my daily life? Chairs, dining tables, pillows, worker’s stools, dissolving forms, and unstable arrangements become stand-ins for the psychological and social body. I work between realism and abstraction as a way to explore a simultaneously concrete and ephemeral presence. My work is poetically and politically driven, attempting to bring forth what is sensed but not seen.
Bio

Shana Kaplow is a visual artist living and working in St. Paul, Minnesota. She received her MFA from The Maryland Institute, College of Art/Mount Royal School of Art and a BA from Connecticut College. 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. Shana is a Professor of 2D Media and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Art Department at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota.
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Shana Kaplow, Video Profile
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