After years of painting in egg tempera in 2004 I started working in gouache on paper. The immediacy of working on paper (initially in black and white only) allowed me to explore new imagery. I abandoned the grid which I had used for many years, and began painting invented objects based on ornament in decorative arts (18th century silk designs and other European textiles, lace, Japanese textiles, garden design, mazes, Victorian needlework, furniture, architectural ornament, and trellises) and on natural forms (plants, leaves, vines, feathers, branching patterns, the human figure and face). More recently common objects (letters, lamps, shoes, islands, garments, tools, food, vases, paths, garments and so on) have entered in. Although the references are wide ranging, my current paintings have in common an interest in ornamentation and objects, attention to detail, visual intensity, and, I hope, a kind of beauty that involves strangeness and multiple readings (is it blood flowing through veins or the curving branches of a tree?). In these paintings I claim nature, ornament and common objects as sources of beauty and pleasure.
Artist Bio / CV
EDUCATION 1981 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA 1974-76 Smith College, Northampton, MA . SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2005 Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL and Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL 2004 Byron Roche Gallery, Chicago, IL 2003 Van de Griff/Marr, Santa Fe, NM and Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL 2000 Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 1995 Artemesia Gallery, Chicago, IL 1992 Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2003 Mixed Signals”, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE 2002 “Repetitive”, IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art, Gary IN 2001 “Patient Process”, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 2000 “Anoka Faruqee and Rebecca Shore”, Gahlberg Gallery at College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL 1999 “It Looks Easy: a cross section of recent painting in Chicago”, Gallery 400, U of Illinois at Chicago 1997 “Dot, Dash, X & Grid, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL 1993 “Fiberart International ‘93”, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA: First Prize 1989 “Quilting Partners”, Museu de Arte Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil 1989 “Christina Ramberg and Rebecca Shore”, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL 1987 “Christina Ramberg and Rebecca Shore”, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL GRANTS 2001 Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award 1999 Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship 1991 Arts Midwest Grant; Crafts 1987 Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship TEACHING Adjunct Professor, Painting and Drawing Department, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY James Yood, Review, Tema Celeste 2004 Alan Artner, Review, Chicago Tribune, June 2004 Fred Camper, Critic's Choice, Chicago Reader, 2004 New American Painters, Number 41, The Open Studios Press, Boston MA, 2002 John Brunetti, New Art Examiner, Review, “Anoka Faruqee, Rebecca Shore” New Art Examiner, 2000 SELECTED COLLECTIONS City of Chicago Art Collection Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, CA Owens-Corning, Toledo, OH Standard Federal Bank, Troy, MI University of Chicago Hospitals University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center