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Samantha Wall
updated: 07/11/2014
website: www.samanthawall.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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What I Can't See
Chrissi II
Amelia III
Carmen
Ajna
Gia II
Ashley
Samantha
Jennifer
Amelia
Nadia
Gia I
Sigourney
Chrissi
Rosana
 
Portfolio Keywords:  identity, psychological, narrative, race, portraiture, anatomy, figurative, feminist
 
 
What I Can't See by Samantha Wall
What I Can't See
graphite and charcoal on paper
2014
60 " x  41 " 
Chrissi II by Samantha Wall
Chrissi II
graphite and charcoal on paper
2014
60" x  41" 
Amelia III by Samantha Wall
Amelia III
graphite and charcoal on paper
2014
41" x  30" 
Carmen by Samantha Wall
Carmen
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Ajna by Samantha Wall
Ajna
graphite on paper
2014
41" x  30" 
Gia II by Samantha Wall
Gia II
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Ashley by Samantha Wall
Ashley
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Samantha by Samantha Wall
Samantha
graphite on paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Jennifer by Samantha Wall
Jennifer
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Amelia by Samantha Wall
Amelia
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Nadia by Samantha Wall
Nadia
graphite and ink on paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Gia I by Samantha Wall
Gia I
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Sigourney by Samantha Wall
Sigourney
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
30" x  22" 
Chrissi by Samantha Wall
Chrissi
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
30" x  22" 
Rosana by Samantha Wall
Rosana
graphite and charcoal on paper
2013
30" x  22" 

Artist Statement
My experience navigating multiraciality in Korea, and then the United States serves as the catalyst for my current drawing project. I photograph and interview multiracial women to gather source material and to elicit an interpersonal connection during the process. The exchange of emotions and ideas between the model and myself shapes the outcome of each photo shoot, producing unpredictable and idiosyncratic results. I then comb through hundreds of digital photographs, searching for one that captures more than a portrait. I am searching for an interior and private space; an in-between moment arrested by chance that captures the figure between expression and release. That image becomes the kernel of a drawing, and with graphite, charcoal or ink I amplify and enhance its distinctive quality, revealing an affective identity woven from my own emotions and that of the model. Through this work, I am exposing the plurality of emotions that sculpt human subjectivity. The drawings of these women are portals into the human psyche, a place where emotions call out and perceived racial boundaries dissolve.

Artist Bio / CV

Samantha Wall was born in 1977 in Seoul, South Korea. She currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Education

2011 MFA Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art,  Portland, OR

2001 BFA, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Awards and Honors

2014 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship

2013 Brink Award Nominee, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Nominee, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Oregon Arts Commission, Professional Development Grant
The Ford Family Foundation Grant

Regional Arts and Culture Council, Project Grant

2012 Professional Development Grant, Oregon Arts Commission

2011 MFA Grant Award, Joan Mitchell Foundation

2010 Pacific Northwest College of Art MFA Merit Award

2008 Best of Show, Au Naturel International Competition, Clatsop Community College

Selected Exhibitions

2014 indivisible: Loving Festival, Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, LA*

2014 Only Part of the Story, Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR*

2013 indivisible, Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR*

2013 Laid to Rest, Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR*

2013 The City and the City, LxWxH Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013 New Views, Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, OR

2012 Considering How Exaggerated Music Is, Affordable Art Fair, Seattle, WA

2012 Portrait Project, FOCO Gallery, Portland, OR

2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation 2011 MFA Grant Recipients, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

2011 First Look III, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

2010 Feminists: Performance and Perspectives, East End, Portland, OR

2010 NwModern, The Spirit of Place, Twombly House, Portland, OR

2010 Stray Fires, Disjecta, Portland, OR

2010 Graphomania, Garbageman Astronaut Project Space, Portland, OR

2008 Prints for PICA, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2008 Reversed Reality, Worksound Gallery, Portland, OR*

2008 Au Naturel, Nude in the 21st Century, 2nd Annual International Juried Exhibition, The Art Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR

2007 Drawn: Exploration in Line, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Residencies

2013 Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans