contact name: Alex Poepping
St. Catherine University -Bachelors of Arts (May 2012)
-Studio Art Major with emphasis in Printmaking
-Art History Minor
Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Intern (Nov. 2011-May2012)
There is something significant for me about establishing a link between unsettling subject matter and a search for something as simple as beauty. This pursuit is present in my work through the process of making something dark appealing. I want to link cultural and social issues from the past to the present.
I have a love of certain golden ages like the Victorian Era and the Roaring ‘20’s for their cultures of charm and creativity darkened by underlying hostility. I view these periods as an escape from the present and what I see as an unavoidable future of increased greed and an intensifying quest for vanity. I combine surreal apocalyptic imagery as well as portraits of identity struggles from these eras in my artwork in order to present an unsettling vision to the viewer.
My love for history also ties into why I enjoy this medium of linoleum block printing more than others. My relationship to this medium is a connection to the way images were created in the past and it feels historical. It is a way for the process to be important and for the end product to be even more fulfilling for me.
-St. Catherine of Alexandria Scholarship Recipient 2007
-Friends of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery Award (April 2012)
-Dec 2012: Second Thursday Exhibition - Covet Consign & Design
-May 2012: Ariston Exhibition - St. Catherine University
-April-May 2012: Senior Juried Exhibition - Internal|External Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
-Feb-March 2007: Minnetonka Center for the Arts Student Show
St. Catherine University. Ariston 2012. St. Paul: St. Catherine University, 2012.
Kovtun, Rita. "St. Thomas, St. Kate's Seniors showcase artwork in Internal|External exhibition." TommieMedia. 15 April 2012. http://www.tommiemedia.com/diversions/st-thomas-st-kates-seniors-showcase-artwork-in-internal-external-exhibition/
Harrigan, Corrie. "Internal Selves, External Art." The Wheel. 11 April 2012, Volume 79, Issue 12: 6.
Country of Citizenship:
May 24, 1989