Episode 10: Shana Kaplow - Embracing Paradoxes in Painting and in Life
Shana Kaplow is a visual artist working with large-scale, ink-on-paper installation, sculpture, and video. Her images of mass-produced household objects peruse the familiar and the enigmatic confronting a society organized around ever-expanding consumption and exploitation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and screenings at Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Asheville Art Museum, Franklin Art Works, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, The Soap Factory, and others. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors, The McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and the Arts Midwest/NEA Artist Fellowship. She was an artist in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, the Red Gate International Artist Residency in Beijing, and the Vermont Studio Center. Kaplow received her MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in visual studies and her BA from Connecticut College. She lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota and is a Professor in the Art Department at St. Cloud State University.
In this face-to-face conversation in her beautiful St. Paul studio, we cover a huge range of topics including experiencing and making a painting as an embodied experience, the energetic quality of subject matter, ephemeral experiences of everyday objects, and the complexity of paradoxes in art and life. We talk about Shana’s relationship to art and at the same time, how art is a way of expressing her relationship to the world around her.