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Episode 14 – Lena Schmid

This week, in our series of meeting our 2021-2022 Artists-in-Residence, we have a conversation with Lena Schmid.  Lena Schmid‘s paintings explore how time functions as a physical force, especially how its’ poetics and physics relate to the confounding experience of chronic pain. She holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and she has been an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project – https://www.wassaicproject.org/ – and The TIDES Institute in Maine – https://www.tidesinstitute.org/. We talk a lot about genres and labels in art, but also equally about time and space. The book series Lena mentions is “The Three-Body Problem” by Liu Cixin.

Lena Schmid‘s paintings explore how time functions as a physical force, especially how its’ poetics and physics relate to the confounding experience of chronic pain. Using richly textured luminous surfaces, movement without discernible speed, and cleaving imagery, her work references the kind of slow, strange change experienced in a space long inhabited: be it a body, a well known landscape, or the cosmos. She holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Lena’s work has been included in exhibitions at New Release Gallery and the SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, and she has been an artist in residence at The Wassaic Project (NY), and The TIDES Institute (ME). In 2020, Lena was awarded a Printmaking Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

You can see more of Lena’s work here –  https://schmidlena.com/home.html – and more about the Arrowmont AIR’s here: https://www.arrowmont.org/announcing-2021-2022-air/.


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