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Irys Schenker

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"Girl and Turtle,” 2010. Pencil, collage, cardboard, acrylic paint
"That Look Was Everything," 2010. Collage, cardboard, acrylic paint
"She Knew," 2009. Collage, colored pencil on paper
"Suzy Homemaker," 2009. Pencil, colored pencil, collage, cardboard, electrical cord
"China,” 2009. Paint Marker, Pencil and Thread on paper
Artist's Statement

I create works based on personal, architectural and historical motifs. Much of my new work involves my own image as an avatar for exploration of various subjects such as the socialization of girls of my generation and as a point of departure for the girl/woman’s own fantasy and psychological projection. My project is to unite hand drawing, collage and other ephemera with sculptural objects and fragments made from painted cardboard.


I received my MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1999 and the same year showed at the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art in the UK and Kappatos Gallery in Athens, Greece. My work has also been shown at E31 Gallery in Athens, The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and at White Columns in NYC. I am a Yaddo fellow and was chosen for the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in 2008. My work in the accompanying exhibition was reviewed favorably in Time Out NY and the New York Times. In 2008 an artist book I made was purchased for the Special Collections at the Newark Public Library (NJ) and included in the subsequent exhibition, More Than Words. In 2009 I had a 6-month studio residency at Gallery Aferro in Newark where I have an upcoming solo exhibition. I live and work in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.