Shields’ paintings begin with acrylic color washes applied to paper that are then cut or torn. Keying in on a chosen color palette, Shields then crumbles, folds or irons these bits of paper to create varying textures and depths, meditatively collaging them onto her canvas over time. The resulting works are vibrantly colorful, topographical, stories - often recounting a specific personal narrative.
“The ideas of fragmentation and dispersal are key to Shields artistic practice. Shields is interested in the fragmentation of the individual and the dispersal of collective groups. An African American woman whose family migrated to Rainbow, Alaska when she was two months old and who now lives in New York, she is concerned with the subconscious effects of cultural diversity. Her paintings refer to the psychological fragmentation and physical dispersal of people of African descent across the diaspora due to colonization, forced immigration and voluntary migration,” notes Kruger Gallery director Erin Gilbert who organized this exhibition.
Shields was born in 1976 in Red Bank, New Jersey. She holds Bachelor of Arts in History from Lewis and Clark University. A painter, photographer, sculptor and videographer, Shields was featured in the group exhibition Fore at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2012. She is the founder of the Yams, an interdisciplinary creative collective, which has exhibited nationally, internationally, and was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Most recently, Shields co-curated the exhibition No Humans Involved at Witt De Witt Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She lives and works in New York and Alaska.
The exhibition opening will be held on January 7, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at Kruger Gallery Chicago.
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