Drawing has always been a primary activity for me and offers a wealth of opportunities for mapping a thought, a form, a feeling.
For several yearsI have been working as an Artist in Residence at the lab of Joseph LeDoux, at the.M.Keck Foundation Laboratory for Neurobiology at New York University in Manhattan.
The LeDoux lab at NYU explores brain mechanisms underlying fear and anxiety, two emotions at the root of almost half of all psychiatric disorders and arguably a most dominant presence in our global psyches.
While at the lab I have spent a great deal of time integrating visual images (collected from light, electron and confocal microscopes, MRIs from patient studies,shadowing scientists as they work in the lab, attending surgical procedures and drawing the brain areas associated with fear using a camera Lucida attached to a light microscope). All of this becomes the raw data with which to make art. The works on paper and with glass reflect this process.
As an artist, one of the most interesting things I’ve learned at the LeDoux Lab is that despite the numerous high technology imaging equipment available to visualize the brain, the hand drawn image is still a primary resource for some scientists, who use the technique as a way of understanding and recording information unavailable by any other means.
Artist Bio / CV
CV Nene Humphrey
Seclected Solo Exhibitions:
2009 Lesley Hellery Gallery,NYC
2007 Lesley Heller Gallery,NYC
2005 Ogden Museum, New Orleans,LA
2004 Pei Ling Chan Gallery,Savannah College of Art and Design
2002 Mississippit Museum of Art,Jackson, Miss.
1999 Katonah Museum,Katonah, NY
1988 Sculpture Center,NYC
1986 Alternative Museum , NYC
Selected Group Exhibitions
2008 Kohler Arts Center, Sheyboygan , Wis
2006 National Academy, 181st Annual, NYC
Threads of Memory, Dorsky Gallery, NYC
Some Assembly Required, Mead Museum,Amherst,Mass
Couples Discourse, Palmer Museum, Univ. of Pa. Pa.
2003 Site/Insight, PS1 Comtemporary Art Center, NYC
2001 Haveaa Biennial, Havana Cuba
1999 Millennim Messages, SITES, Washington DC, traveling
1995 In Three Dimensions, Women Sculptors of the 90’s. Newhouse Center for Art,
Staten Island, NY
1990 Works on Paper, Contemporary American Drawing, High Museum of Art, Atlanta,
Collectors Exhibition, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Ark
2008 MacDowell Colony Fellowship
2007 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Wash, DC
2003 Asian Cultural Council Grant
1999 Anonymous was a Woman Award
1983 National Endowment for the Arts Artist Grant
1986 Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio Italy
Art in America, ArtForum, New York Times, Arts Magazine, Village Voice, Sculpture
Magazine, Art on Paper.