Tricia Townes
Medium: Other and Mixed Media

Studio Location:
440 6th Avenue
Studio # Flatfiles

Phone: 646-505-9186



Artist Bio:

2017 Present Tense , Group Show, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Group Show, Overhang Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Group Show in Political and Social Art, Infinity Art Gallery, online
2009 Group Show, Broadway Gallery, NY, NY
2004 Art as Autobiography, Group Show, Rare, New York, NY
2003 In Heat, Group Show, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Solo Show, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2002 Visual Arts Fellows Group Show, Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Visual Arts Fellows Group Show, Provincetown Art Museum, Provincetown, MA
2000 Art on Paper, Group Show, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
1998 Take a Notion, Group Show, BOLT at DL Cherney, New York, NY
1998 Pierogi Flatfiles Project, Brooklyn, NY
Artist's Eye, Group Show, Greenhill Center for the Arts, Greensboro, NC
MFA Show, UNC-Greensboro
1997 Third Annual Arthop, Greensboro, NC
1996 Graduate Students Exhibition, UNC-Greensboro

1997-1998 Falk Visiting Artist Committee, UNC-Greensboro

Sept 2017 Byrdcliffe AIR Program, Woodstock, NY (upcoming)
Jan 2017 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2002-2003 Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
1998 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

1996-1998 UNC-Greensboro, MFA
Painting and Drawing

1992-1996 UNC-Chapel Hill
Undergraduate studies in Painting, Drawing, and Art History

1986-1989 Yale Law School, JD
1982-1986 Emory University, BA
English and Philosophy

Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship

Artist Statement:
Presently I am showing two bodies of work. The first set of works explore the idea of the family album through the use of old and fairly recent photos re-imagined as small scale paintings on handkerchiefs and other domestic linens like napkins. The images incorporate embroidery and other sewing, recalling the vernacular language of the sampler. Through what has traditionally been seen as women's work, I delve into the psychological landscape of my childhood and the lives of my family members before I was born.

In the second body of work I attempt to visually harmonize various cultures that are present in the United States. In these pieces I explore the idea of American identity. My plan is to explore different communities through the art and designs of their cultures, to paint those designs in the original, culturally specific colors on one side of a transparent mylar sheet, and to paint at least part of the other side of the sheet in the red, white and blue of the American flag. My aim is to visually show how different ethnic groups bring their own flavor to this country of immigrants. I have begun with designs from the Arabic and Islamic worlds because of the beauty and wealth of the art from those groups. I will also include comments from members of the communities depicted on any subject they choose to discuss related to their feelings around this country and their place in it. I will continue with patterns from my own ethnic group, the African-Americans of West African origin, and later I will add still more cultures.

All images and text copyright Tricia Townes