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Gwen Shockey

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Interior Castle, 2014, Graphite on paper, 19x22"
Psyche and Cupid at 125th and Broadway, 2014, Graphite on paper, 19x22"
She Loves Her (Not), 2014, Thread and dye on paper, 10x10'
Continuation of Life, 2014, Graphite and dye on paper, 19x22"
In and out, through skin and bone, 2010, Mixed media on paper, 10x20'
Artist's Statement

In these drawings I explore the relationship between queer eroticism and the pursuit for structure in love and desire. I look back to the fairy tales, mythological and religious stories of my childhood as complex templates for moral and bodily etiquette. I set my stories in places such as bathrooms and trash piles on the street where the physicality of the body and the functioning of its parts are most apparent before being buried in the ground. I use a combination of needlework and drawing on paper to emphasize the tenderness and simultaneous intensity that accompany our notions of eroticism. Thread pulled taut through delicate holes in paper and thin layers of graphite and dye that build upon one another attempt to illustrate the delicacy of the physical body and simultaneously honor its strength and its wicked, wild desires.


Director’s Choice Award SICA 7th Annual International Juried Exhibition 2010
Marguerite Hanson Art Grant 2009
Jane Bill Prize 2010
The Leo and Ann Higdeon Purchase Award 2010

Selected Solo Shows
The Continuation of Life, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Shows
Past/Forward, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
She Loves Her (Not), Shag Shop, Brooklyn, NY
Art in a Box Exhibition to Benefit at Risk Women and Children Internationally, Pelavin Gallery, New York, NY
First Annual World Sexual Health Day, The Cutting Room, New York, NY
Two Walls and a Floor, Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Papercuts and Pinpricks, The Walkway at reBar, Brooklyn, NY
Uncensored: Queer Art and the Church, Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY

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