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.