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Stephanie Serpick
updated: 05/20/2013
website: www.sserpick.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Feathers
Still Drawing 1
Still Drawing 2
Drawing 4
Drawing 3
Drawing 5
Drawing 7
Bird Blur
Strange True Stories, Dammit
Alien Life as Seen on TV
White Wing
White Wing 2
Overlap
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, memory
 
 
Feathers by Stephanie Serpick
Feathers
acrylic on paper
2011
12" x  9" 
Still Drawing 1 by Stephanie Serpick
Still Drawing 1
pencil on paper
2011
26" x  20.5" 
Still Drawing 2 by Stephanie Serpick
Still Drawing 2
pencil on paper
2011
0" x  0" 
Drawing 4 by Stephanie Serpick
Drawing 4
pencil
2009
26 " x  19 " 
Drawing 3 by Stephanie Serpick
Drawing 3
pencil
2009
26" x  19" 
Drawing 5 by Stephanie Serpick
Drawing 5
pencil
2009
26" x  21" 
Drawing 7 by Stephanie Serpick
Drawing 7
pencil
2009
28" x  21" 
Bird Blur by Stephanie Serpick
Bird Blur
acrylic on paper
2011
12" x  11" 
Strange True Stories, Dammit by Stephanie Serpick
Strange True Stories, Dammit
oil on canvas
2011
24" x  24" 
Alien Life as Seen on TV by Stephanie Serpick
Alien Life as Seen on TV
oil on canvas
2011
30" x  26" 
White Wing by Stephanie Serpick
White Wing
mixed media on paper
2013
12" x  11" 
White Wing 2 by Stephanie Serpick
White Wing 2
mixed media on paper
2013
11 3/4" x  11" 
Overlap by Stephanie Serpick
Overlap
mixed media
2013
12" x  9" 

Artist Statement

My work has continually been about constructing imagined environments that delve into the dark inner reaches of the mind, conveying a sense of romantic melancholy and isolation. Through specific color choices and deliberate composition, I create spaces that point to the gothic and eerie—the darker sides of personality—while still calling to mind the contemporary nature of technology. Whether icy, lifeless subjects drawn from 17th-century genre painting or flat, morphing and dripping patterns, the resulting images offer a glimpse of decay while also retaining a sense of hazy lightness. Through my paintings, I aim to create or inspire a mood, a feeling, of memory or place, rather than construct a specific narrative.


My process does not rely on planning or sketches, so choices are made intuitively, with only a general mental image of the mood or sense of place. This allows for a looser progression, and a style of working that involves building up layers, concealing and revealing elements throughout. While contradictory, I strive for a resolution that feels both leaden and still light and airy. Paintings that can be funereal, and still otherworldly. I am inspired by the Victorian era, specifically the austerity, severity and melancholy reminiscent of this time, as well as pattern and decoration from this period, among others. In addition, I am drawn to the wonder and terror inspired by "the unknown", and the mystery contained in this idea.

Artist Bio / CV
EDUCATION
MFA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1996
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1993

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (*indicates one-person exhibit)
2009    Overlap, David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, IL
What is Beauty — A Desire to Decorate, Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY
2008    Unpainted: New Abstract Painting, Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago, IL
New Work, ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
One Moment, School of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2007    Plaza Art Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2006    100% Centennial Exhibition, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
2005    Florence Trust Summer Exhibition, Florence Trust Studios, London, UK
*Stephanie Serpick: New Work, Country Club, Chicago, IL
2004    – scope London, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, London, UK
AAF Contemporary Art Fair, New York, NY
17th Evanston and Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
2003    Introductory Group Exhibit, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
*New Paintings, Gray Matters Gallery, Dallas TX
2002    Gallery Group Show, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001    *Stephanie Serpick: New Paintings, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Big Show, Dwelling Series, Chicago, IL
Chicago Women Artists, Gallery on Lake Judith Racht, Chicago, IL
Serendipity, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL
Summer Show, Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000    *Tricks and Gifts, Chicago Illini Union, University of Illinois at Chicago
Pilsen East Artists’ Open House, Chicago, IL

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2009    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2007    Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.
Non-Representational Award, Plaza Art Exhibition, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, IL
2004-5    Florence Trust, London, UK