The most recent paintings, the series A New Fall, are an expression of feeling in dealing with personal issues over the past year or so. These stem from both reactions to current events in our country and the world, as well as personal loss. They are intimate paintings represented by unmade beds and tossed sheets, absent of any human evidence, on intentionally blank, somewhat rough backgrounds. The empty bed in these paintings represents a place for grief, depression or isolation. As such, the work speaks to our shared feeling of grief, with the understanding that while we all suffer in our individual ways, suffering is universal.
Source material for this work are photographs I have both taken and found, and the intimate size of the paintings references the intimate nature of the subject matter. The backgrounds of the paintings are repeatedly painted and sanded, to create a frame and backdrop for the bedding that is flat, yet rough with work and time. The bedding itself is seen from different perspectives, but still indicates a scene of desolation and despair.
Stephanie Serpick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and earned her B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and M.F.A. from the University of Chicago. Her work has been shown in various exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally, and she is a fellow at several residencies, most notably at the Florence Trust Studios in London, Ragdale in Illinois, and the Vermont Studio Center, where she was awarded a full fellowship and stipend to attend. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Serpick currently lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Stephanie Serpick Homepage: http://stephanieserpick.com/
Paint this Desert, Stephanie Serpick ‘A New Fall’ at CSN https://www.paintthisdesert.com/field-notes/stephanie-serpick-a-new-fall-at-csn