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Painting Turned on its Head


Paula Wilson
PAINTING 649 001
3 credit hours, 2 weeks

What if a painting became something other than a fixture on a wall? What if it was clothing, a rug for a room, or a by-product of a dance? What if we invited the anthropomorphization of an art work? This class takes traditional painting and turns it on its head. Upending conventional concepts (color, light, and scale) and classically formatted art academy practices (plein air, life studies, and emulation), we will focus on daily exercises and experiments during the first week, while the second week will be reserved for a final project. Media usage will be demonstrated and applied including collage, monotype, screen printing, painting, stitching, and stenciling. Materials other than canvas will be used as substrates. Determining the best media for the application, we will examine the effects of watercolor, gouache, acrylic, spray, and oil paints— while along the way tearing, layering, and reconfiguring. Let’s explore and translate existing models of artmaking to reinvent what painting can be and do!


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Paula Wilson Mooning, 2016 made in collaboration with the University of Oregon monotype, screen print, woodblock print, and spray paint on muslin

Paula Wilson
Mooning, 2016
made in collaboration with the University of Oregon
monotype, screen print, woodblock print, and spray paint on muslin

Paula Wilson is a visual artist whose multimedia practice employs an extensive range of techniques to explore perceptions of light, form, and the body in space. Wilson’s work varies widely, encompassing sculpture, densely layered collage, painting, installation, and printmaking methods. Her subject matter is equally multifaceted, drawing inspiration from real and invented cultural histories and identities exploring myth, race and the dimensions of femininity. Based in Carrizozo, New Mexico, Paula Wilson’s work is included in the collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Yale University Art Gallery, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and Saatchi Gallery, among others. Previous solo exhibitions have been at Cherry & Lucic Portland, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and presently co-runs the artist-founded organization MoMAZoZo and the Carrizozo Colony.

Earlier Event: July 15
Lithography: Stone Lithography
Later Event: July 15
Materials and Processes: Woodfire