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Mara Scrupe
updated: 05/03/2008
website: www.scrupe.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Abide
Abide (detail)
Fallible
Fallible (detail)
Lichen Child
Lichen Child
Untitled
Untitled
WeedKill
WeedKill (detail)
What
What (detail)
Hearts Ease
Hearts Ease
FrogWoman
 
Portfolio Keywords:  organic, anatomy, figurative, feminist, gender/sexuality, gestural, nature, political, social criticism
 
 
Abide by Mara Scrupe
Abide
charcoal, pastel, mixed media on paper, embroidery and beadwork on silk
2005
106" x  26" 
Abide (detail) by Mara Scrupe
Abide (detail)
charcoal, pastel, mixed media on paper, embroidery and beadwork on silk
2005
106" x  26" 
Fallible by Mara Scrupe
Fallible
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery on silk, crochet, digital print on silk
2005
87" x  44" 
Fallible (detail) by Mara Scrupe
Fallible (detail)
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery on silk, crochet, digital print on silk
2005
87" x  44" 
Lichen Child by Mara Scrupe
Lichen Child
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery and digital print on silk, crochet
2005
68" x  28" 
Lichen Child by Mara Scrupe
Lichen Child
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery and digital print on silk, crochet
2005
68" x  28" 
Untitled by Mara Scrupe
Untitled
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery and digital print on silk, crochet
2005
72" x  35" 
Untitled by Mara Scrupe
Untitled
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery and digital print on silk, crochet
2005
72" x  35" 
WeedKill by Mara Scrupe
WeedKill
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery and digital print on silk, beadwork
2005
102" x  30" 
WeedKill (detail) by Mara Scrupe
WeedKill (detail)
charcoal, pastel on paper, digital print and embroidery on silk
2005
102" x  30" 
What by Mara Scrupe
What
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery and digital print on silk, crochet
2005
88" x  23" 
What (detail) by Mara Scrupe
What (detail)
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery and digital print on silk, crochet
2005
88" x  23" 
Hearts Ease by Mara Scrupe
Hearts Ease
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery and digital print on silk, beadwork, crochet
2005
96" x  30" 
Hearts Ease by Mara Scrupe
Hearts Ease
charcoal, pastel on paper, embroidery and digital print on silk, crochet and beadwork
2005
96" x  30" 
FrogWoman by Mara Scrupe
FrogWoman
acrylic, charcoal, gouache and pastel on paper and textiles, frog specimen,
2005
44" x  15" 

Artist Statement
 

These drawings reflect on themes of beauty, sexuality, nature and death. They are made from inkjet printed photography on textiles and archival papers, hand embroidery, crochet and other needlework on silk and other fine fabrics, fragments of bone and dried botanical and biological specimens, and life-size figure drawings of charcoal, pastel, gesso, and ink. Through a synthesis of rendered images and preserved specimens, these works explore psychic, emotional and physical intimacy with the workings of the natural world and focus on birth, sex and death. They reflect on common contradictions of life: desire and loss, acceptance and rejection, respect and humiliation, love and fear. These drawings explore human spirituality, sexuality and death, and our place in natural systems.

 

Modern cultures are largely disassociated from meaningful communion with land, animals, plants, and natural systems. This body of mixed-media drawings, and works on paper attempts to locate a link between knowledge of and sympathy with living nature, and creating and maintaining human societies characterized by mutual dependency and respect.

 

Scrupe’s art encompasses two separate though related bodies of work: a two-dimensional practice which is personal but also expresses humanity’s struggles to understand the spiritual, emotional and physical nature of human life, and a project-based practice which concerns itself with issues of human compatibility with the natural environment.

 

Artist Bio / CV
Mara Adamitz Scrupe is nationally and internationally recognized as an artist, writer, lecturer and teacher with numerous exhibitions, performances, grants, commissions, and fellowships.  Among her most recent professional activities: Cork Harbour Public Environmental Project, Cork City, Ireland (2008), CAMAC Artist Residency, France (2008); The Unfringed International Art and Performance Festival, Limerick, Ireland (2007); Claremorris Invitational Exhibition, Mayo, Ireland (2006); Residency Fellowship, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Wendover, Utah (2005/06); E V+ A Open and Invitational Biennial, Limerick, Ireland (2006); Artist in Residence, The Pedvale Open-Air Museum, Riga, Latvia (2006);  Bienal Internacional de Arte al Aire Libre, Caracas International Open Air Biennial, Caracas, Venezuela, (2005); Fota Lichens Project (supported by funding from the Irish Arts Council), Fota Arboretum, Cork, Ireland (2005); The Crawford Municipal Gallery of Art, Project Commission, County Cork, Ireland (2005), The Sirius Art Centre, Artist in Residence Fellowship, County Cork, Ireland (2005/06); International Artist in Residence, Kulturhuset USF, Bergen, Norway (2005); The Buffalo Bayou Art Park, Houston, Texas (2005); Artist in Residence, Konstepidemin, Goteborg, Sweden (2004); Resident Artist, TICKON: The Tranekaer International Center for Art and Culture, Resident Artist, Rudkobing, Denmark (2004); Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Fellowship (2003-04); Margaret Hall Silva Foundation support for a site-specific project for GrandArts, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri (2004); The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (site project commission 2003); Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities on the Arts and Humanities, Small Projects Grant (2003).  Mara Adamitz Scrupe holds the Alan F. Rothschild Endowed Professorship in Art and serves as Chair of the Department of Art, Columbus State University, Georgia.