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Paula Wilson- “Mooning”

Paula Wilson’s work blends multimedia and multi-cultural references in creating extravagant paintings, prints, videos, and sculptures that are simultaneously realistic and unworldly. The dense layering of color, image, pattern, and material in her pieces act as a visual metaphor for the complex stratum of histories and cultures that inform the work. With a style characterized by narrative, bold color, and silhouette, the work often depicts interactions between female figures and lush, highly detailed scenes of nature. Interweaving corporeal forms and patterns of bright color with literal and figurative reference to stain-glass windows and fabrics, Wilson’s work uses decorative motifs to great effect exploring both the nature of femininity as construct and the visual markers of identity.

Paula Wilson received a MFA from Columbia University in 2005 and has since been featured in group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., Bellwether Gallery, Fred Snitzer Gallery, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Center for Contemporary Art Santa Fe, Johan Berggren Gallery in Sweden, and Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. Wilson is a recipient of numerous grants and awards including a Joan Mitchell Artist Grant, Art Production Fund’s P3Studio Artist-in-Residency at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, and the Bob and Happy Doran Fellowship at Yale University. She lives and works in Carrizozo, New Mexico.

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