Samantha Wall,. Five Words: Exhume, graphite & charcoal on paper, 2013 

Samantha Wall



Samantha Wall

The women in my photographs are the catalyst for my drawings. An exchange of emotions and ideas between the model and myself shapes the outcome of each photo shoot, producing unpredictable and idiosyncratic results. I then comb through hundreds

of digital photographs, searching for one that captures more than a portrait. I am searching for an interior and private space; an in-between moment arrested by chance that captures the figure between expression and release. That image becomes the kernel of a drawing, and with graphite, charcoal or ink I amplify and enhance its distinctive quality, revealing an affective identity woven from my own emotions and that of the model.


Samantha Wall is an artist based in Portland, OR. She immigrated to the United States from Seoul, South Korea at the age of four. In 2011, Wall received her MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. That same year, she was awarded the Joan Mitchell MFA Award and was selected to be included in the First Look III exhibition at the Hudson Valley Center for

Contemporary Art. Drawing from her experience as a person of mixed ethnicity, Wall uses her work to examine the psychological spaces where the individual meets the group.

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2011 MFA Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2001 BFA Studio Art/Drawing, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2013 Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR (October)

Laid to Rest, Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR

2012 Partially Severed, MFA Central Gallery, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

2011 Shame on Me, Goldsmith Building, Portland, OR

2008 Reversed Reality, Worksound Gallery, Portland, OR

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 New Views: The Carl & Hilda Morris Foundation Young Artist Exhibition, Laura Russo

Gallery, Portland, OR (June)

2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award Exhibition, CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

2011 First Look III, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY

2008 Au Naturel, Nude in the 21st Century, 2nd Annual International Juried Exhibition, The Art

Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR

2007 Drawn: Exploration in Line, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Awards and Residencies

2013 Joan Mitchell Center Residency, New Orleans, LA (June)

Regional Arts & Culture Council, Project Grant

2012 Oregon Arts Commission, Professional Development Grant

2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation, MFA Grant

2008 Best of Show, Au Naturel International Competition, Clatsop Community College