CORVALLIS, Ore. – Artist Shoshanna Weinberger, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, will give a public talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Oregon State University as part of the School of Arts & Communication’s Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.
The talk, “Sometimes All of Me is not Enough,” will be held in Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. A reception with the artist will be held before the lecture at 6 p.m. in the Myrtle Tree Alcove. The reception and talk are free and open to the public.
Weinberger also will be in residence on campus that day and will spend time reviewing and critiquing student art work.
Weinberger, a painter and sculptor, will speak about her personal history, the visual interests that inspire her studio practice and how stereotypes, adolescent memory, current culture and questions on the notions of politics and beauty influence her work.
Weinberger’s work strongly relates to her Caribbean-American background, drawing heavily from her complex heritage and assumed norms as she goes about defining the female archetype. Her series, “A Collection of Strangefruit,” comprised of 18 gouache and mixed media drawings on paper panels, is a series of curvy, malformed, partial bodies in awkward positions, adorned with such things as gold chains, stiletto heels, braided hair, and lingerie. The work confronts how women survey themselves, examine each other and are displayed for male desire, and how that influences what society defines as female beauty.
Weinberger’s work has been exhibited in Newark, New Jersey; Miami; New York City; Brussels, Belgium; Cape Town, South Africa; and Bristol, United Kingdom. She is a four-time participant in the Jamaica Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica. She received a John Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2014 and was an artist in residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans in 2015. She recently received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was invited to participate as a year-long artist in residence for The Gateway Project in Newark.
Weinberger received her bachelor of fine arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995 and a master of fine arts from the Yale School of Art at Yale University in 2003. She lives and works in Newark.
The Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture series brings world-renowned artists and scholars to the OSU campus to interact with students in the art department so they can learn what is required of a professional artist or scholar. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2dVv5kW and http://shoshanna.info.