Position Graduate Assistant Degree Seeking MFA Area of Study Studio Website clydeconwell.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org Undergraduate Institution Bard College Undergraduate Degree BA | Studio Art Hometown Wilmington, North Carolina CV view curriculum vitae Research Detail How far can humanity remove itself from nature? What does the return look like? How does one look for the body? How does a body yearn to be immersed back in the throes of a natural system. What is natural? What is unnatural? What is creation? What is instinct? How substantial is the difference between needs and desires? I use nature as a metaphor for disassociation and my experiences with the separation of the mind from the body. Here nature takes the place of the body and through this process I am able to find form again, deepening my emotional connection and response to nature. Interpreting landscape this way (literally and/or figuratively) allows me to use simulacra, dystopia/utopia, emotion, and semiotics to express queer experience. In addition through this relationship/blending of Nature and the Body, I evade the hierarchical position humanity has placed itself above nature. I am interested in exploring reconstruction, sensory experience, the functionality of systems and social values and/or responsibility, artificiality of modern spaces all while challenging the meanings of natural/unnatural and wants/desires. In seeing my body of work as being cumulative, growing and communicating like an ecosystem, I merge themes of isolation, absence, anxiety, and repression with energy and sexuality; a dichotomy created through my use of color, movement, and form. The culmination of these themes develops symbolism that is meant to be both subliminally queer and humorous, subverting homophobia. The world is in rapid flux. There is a new trend at every click - be it technology, weather, politics, culture, or identity. I see the trajectory of my work as an adaptation for change. In how we analyze what we consider possessions, laws, and stability. What would be more appropriate to depict constructions that are simultaneously improvised, intentional and destructive? In approaching the creation of new systems outside the paradigm my art challenges traditional forms and ideas of imagery, process, and materiality in painting. Biography Clyde Conwell is from Wilmington, NC. She received a BA in Studio Art from Bard College in 2008. From 2006-2017 she participated in various queer punk communities around the United States, playing in a variety of queer bands/projects, as well as, booked/promoted shows for women and queers. Conwell continues to write and perform music under her solo acoustic project Clyde Conwell. Both her art and music projects reflect the awareness, ambition, and struggle to understand how one can live freely with the pressures of mental health, social media, global warming, misogyny, heteronormativity, political arenas, Southern standards of tradition and pride (or rather shame), and American culture/counterculture. She pursues and is inspired by compassion, resiliency, and anger. Conwell chooses to focus on progression and transformation.