Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Joey Fauerso: Inside the Spider's Body

Joey Fauerso; Views of North America, 2019; Installation; Painted wood, canvas, and steel; Courtesy of the artist.

Treading the thin line between creation and destruction, Joey Fauerso’s work explores dualities of the human condition, interweaving personal experiences with the current socio-political climate. Through painting, sculpture, performance, and film, Fauerso’s graphic works lean heavily on humor and tragedy, speaking to both fragility and resilience. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Fauerso's work shifted, opening the door for her personal life and anxieties to influence and exist within her practice. As a mother and an artist, she is inspired by the temporality and impermanence of childhood and the (almost) tragic theatricality of growth which she marries with historical references, mythology, and one’s relationship between the body and the landscape. Experiencing her work means stepping behind the curtain and encountering layers of complexity that surround the current moment. Forever in transition, oscillating between harmony and discord, Fauerso explores how humanity always plays multiple roles. 

Joey Fauerso (b. 1976, San Antonio, TX) is an artist and Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. Recently her work has been included in exhibitions at Blue Star Contemporary, MASSMoCA, the Drawing Center in New York, The David Shelton Gallery in Houston, and Antenna Gallery in New Orleans. Fauerso received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI in 2001, and a BFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City in 1998. She is the recipient of numerous grants and residencies including BSC’s Berlin Residency Program with Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany and the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions Residency in New York (2014-15). She lives and works in San Antonio with her husband Riley Robinson and their two sons. joeyfauerso.com

Intimate Actions is generously sponsored, in part, by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Art Bridges, Douglas County, Nebraska Arts Council, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Omaha Steaks.

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