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Artist ID: 2409

The intersection of chaos and control dominates my practice. I create drawings, paintings, and collage using a disorienting notion of space as metaphor to describe feelings of loss, longing, and uncertainty. My work explores grief through an environmental lens, conjuring images of the sublime, where both the beautiful and the horrific converge.
Through abstraction, I investigate environmental and biological catastrophe, the basic mechanics of which are often unseen but threaten our very existence. On a microscopic level, biological phenomena necessary to sustain life (neural networks, cellular functions, soil microbiomes, and more) are complex structures, and we only become aware of their disequilibrium as we approach the brink of disaster, whether by means of climate change, disease, or famine. The disruption of these systems by human interference or natural forces causes a chain reaction of devastation from which it is hard to recover.

Photographs of my environment, gathered through daily walks, are dissected into fragments of time and terrain. Combining graphite, ink, or paint with the spliced digital images, I layer marks in a frantic manner to generate imagined or invisible networks, territories, maps, or boundaries. Edges, erasures, and value play critical roles in establishing a sense of collective force that embodies anxiousness and isolation. I exploit this precipice to evoke a reverence for the earth and the power of nature, while simultaneously responding to the feeling of helplessness observing the rapid pace of environmental destruction and my inability to predict the future.

Kariann Fuqua (b. 1976, Oklahoma) is an abstract artist utilizing drawing and painting to investigate the intersection of chaos and control. She received a BFA in painting from Kansas State University and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Her work has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States including Jenkins-Johnson Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Governors Island (New York, NY), Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago, IL), Byron Cohen Gallery (Kansas City, MO), Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center(Cincinnati, OH), Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (Athens, GA) and was awarded a public commission at McCormick Place (Chicago, IL). She received a Joan Mitchell Foundation full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and her work was published in New American Paintings and the Artist’s Magazine. She currently lives and works in Oxford, Mississippi where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Museum Studies at the University of Mississippi.

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