s/heness paints amongst eclipsed moonlit chamomile fields
This work is part of a series that depicts a self-sustaining flower farm and artist commune. This imaginary world is in dialogue with models of art history and art-making. In this composition, two women stand in a field of flowers flooded with moonlight; in the hands of a few of the figures, a piece of artwork can be seen. In each of these works, the artist freely absorbs and adapts primarily masculine modes of painting—interjecting her spirit into ideas for future systems of living.
Shanna Waddell’s works depict a constructed world, a self-sustaining flower farm and artist commune that is an exercise of the imagination. The artist creates serial compositions that are in dialogue with models of both art history and art-making. Waddell absorbs and adapts what has been historically considered primarily masculine modes of painting—freely injecting her spirit into ideas for future systems of living.
Shanna Waddell was born in Long Beach, California in 1981. The artist received an MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2010 and a BFA from California State University, Long Beach in California in 2006.
Solo exhibitions of Waddell’s work have taken place at: M+B in Los Angeles, California; Jack Barrett Gallery in New York City; SPURS Gallery in Beijing, China; Friends Indeed in San Francisco, California; Thomas Erben Gallery in New York City; and Galerie La Croix at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Waddell’s work have taken place at: Vielmetter in Los Angeles, California; Galerie Hussenot in Paris, France; Harawick in New York City; BOZOMAG in Los Angeles, California; Queens LA in Los Angeles, California; Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California; FJORD in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Thomas Erben Gallery in New York City; among others.
Waddell lives and works in Los Angeles, California.