Dark Matter (Universal Body 1--4)

Samantha Wall
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My experiences as a multiracial woman form the bedrock of my drawing practice. I’ve learned to navigate between cultural histories and social boundaries that ascribe a false or incomplete identity.

Created in the summer of 2016 with collaborative Master printer Frank Janzen, the prints in the Dark Matter (Universal Body) suite use my silhouette to imagine an interior landscape built from colliding cultural narratives that have formed a unique biographical reality.

Two-color lithograph(silver on black)
30 x 22.5"
2016

Samantha Wall, originally from Seoul, South Korea, is an artist working in Portland, Oregon. Wall immigrated to the United States as a child and comes from a multiracial background. Operating from within this framework, her drawings embody the experience of navigating transcultural identity through portraiture, gesture and, ritual practices. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including an MFA Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a Golden Spot Residency Award from Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, and a Hallie Ford Fellowship from the Ford Family Foundation.