Angela Piehl has exhibited widely, in national/international, juried and invitational exhibitions. Piehl's most recent solo exhibitions were Lonely Hunters at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Angela Piehl: Drawings at the Indianapolis Art Center, Organic Excess at ARC Gallery in Chicago, and Curiosities of the Floating World at Chashama Gallery in New York. Piehl's work was also included the recent CUNY drawing exhibition Nature, Once Removed: The (Un)Natural World in Contemporary Drawing in New York. Piehl's work is part of the Kala Art Institute's Permanent Collection, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Print Collection, and the New Mexico State University Art Gallery's Permanent Collection.
Piehl has participated in many public lectures addressing her work and research, and issues of contemporary queer theory and art practice. Piehl has lectured at various College Art Association Conferences, and national conferences on gender and sexuality. Piehl has also served as a Visiting Artist Lecturer at Clemson University in South Carolina.
Piehl has participated in several highly competitive Artist Residency programs, such as Jentel, the Kala Art Institute, the Vermont Studio Center, and Chashama's artist program. Piehl's work has been supported with grant funding through OSU Dean's Incentive Grants, OSU Arts & Sciences Travel Grants, and multiple Oklahoma Visual Arts Council Grants.
Angela Piehl Artist Statement:
My current series of drawings addresses luxury, accumulation, and alienation from Nature. I consider these topics from a gendered perspective, and the images create allegorical and narrative allusions to decadent femininity, loneliness, and opulent decay.
The work stems from an initial process of culling imagery from popular media sources, such as lifestyle magazines, and design publications. I then arrange and juxtapose these repurposed images, and sketch forms from the accumulations of the collaged material. Images in these media sources often have an inherent, suggestive codification for femininity, as well as bourgeois lifestyle and behavior, and this becomes visually translated through the elaborate decorative elements and forms in my drawings.
The images I collect also often have very synthetic representations of Nature and natural beauty, and this artifice and irony is additionally layered into the content through cold and detached color choices, and pattern and texture artifice in my drawings. I then layer imagery of organic material such as bone, hair, tentacles, etc. as a means of further emphasizing and contrasting the organic and synthetic, and the seductive and repellant.
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