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MaDora Frey

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Studio Location
"Untitled #500 (Space for One)"/ 2012/ installation/ 22" x 12" x 12"
"Untitled #80.4 (Brick)"/2012/Archival Print Face-mounted to Plexiglass
"Untitled #52 (StM 7.4)"/2012/Archival Print Face-mounted to Plexiglass
"Untitled #50 (StM 7.4)"/2012/Archival Print Face-mounted to Plexiglass
"Untitled #60 (Small Leaves)"/2012/Archival Print Face-mounted to Plexiglass
Artist's Statement

MaDora Frey's work represents synthesized personal notions of nature—both the idyllic nature of her rural upbringing in the Southern U.S. and the nature she encounters in her daily life in NYC. Frey photographs assemblages of objects found in her immediate environment. Urban elements such as glass, asphalt, and concrete take on the sinewy, geometric chaos of the natural world. They call to mind flowers, plants, and insects. Untamed flora and fauna become structured, ordered, confined—a metaphor for a contemporary relationship with the nature of the city. Culturally, these works address the interchange of the artificial with the organic. The series title, "Rorschach", refers to ones' ability to ascribe personal symbolism to abstract, symmetrical forms, and the convention of using this personal symbolism as a means of understanding oneself. Within the work, Frey ponders identity and the ubiquity of spiritual space.


Frey has exhibited both domestically and internationally with solo shows in Seattle, WA and New York City.Her work is held in the private collections of, most notably, Beatrice and Ludvig Ost Kuttner, and Jane L. Havemeyer.Accolades include the Prince of Wales Fellowship (Normandy, FR), Ford Foundation Emerging Artist Award finalist, publication in New American Paintings, and grant recipient at Vermont Studio Center.She is currently an art writer and consultant for ART TLK, an arts interview show hosted by Pharrell Williams, airing Fall 2012. She serves as a board member of the LES project space, Grand Projects NYC. Memberships include NYC art collectives Future Present and tART. Frey has instructed and lectured at Hunter College, Rutgers University, New York Academy of Art, Auburn University, and Abbey Road International Program. She studied at the Florence Academy, Florence, Italy and received her MFA from the New York Academy of Art.