21 Oct 2013

Meet the 2013-2014 Artists in Residence!

by Camille Loomis
It’s been busy in the studio with two new artists-in-residence moving in! New City Arts is delighted to welcome Mara Sprafkin and Laura Snyder for the 2013-2014 artist residency program. Mara and Laura will participate in a joint residency program between New City Arts and  The Haven that expands on the work that was initiated by artist Patrick Costello, during the residency’s pilot year in 2011.

Mara Sprafkin’s work focuses thematically on the feminine experience in the course of art history and as an idea that currently impacts how woman exist and are viewed by men and by other women. Sprafkin uses scrapbooking and craft as well as gossip rags, glossy fashion magazines and romance novels to create patterns and open up meaning in the female experience. She is constantly printing, drawing, gathering and collecting in small and large series. These prints and drawings then become building blocks for larger site-specific installations. Simultaneously her own personal experiences working, making and living are recorded and publicly blogged by her studio assistant, Paul Handler.

Mara has a BA from Bowdoin College and an MFA from Columbia University. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Sprafkin has exhibited extensively in her home city (at Concrete Utopia, MARCH and Oliver Kamm 5BE Gallery, among others) and has mounted major installations at Vanderbilt University, the Coleman Burke Gallery in Portland, ME and here in Charlottesville at Second Street Gallery. Sprafkin’s window drawings can also regularly been seen at Sustain on West Main Street.

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She Should Have Thought Twice, Possibly Three TImes
Installation Detail at Vanderbilt University
Mara Sprafkin

She Should Have Thought Twice, Perhaps Three Times detail

She Should Have Thought Twice, Perhaps Three Times detail

Give Me Your Leather... detail

Give Me Your Leather… detail

 

Laura Snyder holds a MVA from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2010) and a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design (2006). In 2012 she collaborated on a community arts project , Memorias de la Libertad III, in the historic neighborhood of Getsemaní in Cartagena, Colombia. She has shown her work in galleries, museums and independent art spaces in different countries. Some of her most recent exhibitions include: Avistamientos in Mapa Teatro (Bogotá, Colombia) Para No Salir del Laberinto in Lugar a Dudas (Cali, Colombia) and 19 o así Pulmones in MUCA Roma (México, DF). She works with notions of cartography and memory within the context of the visual arts and community. Laura has just returned to Charlottesville from her recent home, Mexico City.

Community Mapping Project in Getsemaní Cartagena, Colombia

Community Mapping Project in Getsemaní Cartagena, Colombia

It depends on what you are looking for (detail)

It depends on what you are looking for (detail)

Charlottesville, intaglio

Charlottesville, intaglio

 

We can’t wait to see what energy and inspiration Mara and Laura will bring to their work with New City Arts and the Haven! Check back for more updates on how you can see their work on display.

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