Nene Humphrey

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30 x 20,ink,microscopic brain image,vellum, 2009
Circling the Center Installation Detail:4' diameter,various wire,steel, 2010
Circling the Center,'10, Installation Detail:wire forms based on Victorian mourning braids
Shadow Speech,'09 , 4' x 8',characters from nushu secret chinese language , paper,inks
Shadow Speech Detail
Artist's Statement

For many years I have used the human body to explore themes of strength and vulnerability. In the new series of drawings and sculptures, The Plain Sense of Things I have moved further from the external human form to the internal, exploring the visual and emotional connection between images and the deep cellular workings of the human brain.
As an artist-in-residence at Joseph LeDoux’s neuroscience laboratory at New York University I have observed and recorded dense images of the amygdala, the part of the brain where fear and anxiety reside, and from those images drawn through high-powered microscopes, created a series of layered drawings.The works in this series incorporate information from the drawings as well as a wide variety of sources such as patterns from the craft of Victorian mourning braiding, sound/language configurations from lab procedures, an ancient “secret” language created by women in China’s Hunan province.


Exhibitions: Lesley Heller Gallery,NYC,Sculpture Center,NYC,Site/Insight,PS1,Havana Biennial,Havana,Cuba,Millennium Messages" org. by SITES,Washington,D.C.
"In Three Dimensions:Women Sculptors of the 90's",Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art,Staten Island,N.Y.*
Project Room Installation,Threadwaxing Space,New York, N.Y.
"Work on Paper: Contemporary American Drawings," High Museum of Art, Atlanta,
Grants and Awards:
Brown Foundtion Fellowship,Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas
Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship
Asian Cultural Council Artist Grant
Anonymous was a Woman Award
National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist Grant
Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship,Bellagio,Italy
New York Times,Art in America,Sculpture ,Village Voice