Gallery Anthony Curtis
Apathy Bound Cat's Cradle  
Circus Daisy Escape  
Every Hair is Counted Flood Fountain  
Ghosts Haircut Harvest  
Madness and the Hare Recovery Seven Sisters  
Madness and the Hare      
Gloria A. Adams
(American)


 
Brief Biography:
Gloria Adams received a Bachelors degree in Studio Art and Sociology from Oberlin College in 2002. She then completed a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting in 2006 where she studied with Abstract Expressionist painter Grace Hartigan and critic Dominique Nahas. Gloria has participated in Artist Residencies including the 13th Annual International Artist Residency in Balatonfured, Hungary and The Vermont Studio Center in 2006. She has exhibited her work in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, California and Europe. Gloria has also received honors for her work including grants and scholarships. She currently lives and works in Bronx, New York. 

Artist Statement
With an interest in story, ethnography, folklore and the truth of the everyday individual I come to painting; so through narrative I begin my work. I draw inspiration for my painting from life experience, beginning with childhood. I was born and raised in a rural blue collar farming community where choices were and continue to be limited by money and an incomplete knowledge of larger society. Children grow up with the expectation and responsibility to enter into the workforce, raise a family, and continue in the community, living day-to-day by rules of practicality and thrift. My paintings draw from my experience of this community, my escape from it into a more culturally, politically, and academically aware world and the complexity of navigating the space between these two cultures while not fully belonging to either. The setting of my paintings is the natural landscape of rural Pennsylvania. I activate this landscape with plants and animals native to or imported into the region, and with young girls. Each grouping of children can be understood in three distinct ways. They can symbolize multiple possibilities of action for one person, the roles of women and youth in rural society and prevalent issues of that society, or self-portraits in multiple mental and emotional states. The narratives created between the girls, dolls, plants, animals, and insects are dictated by the metaphoric meanings assigned to each. The dolls reference the past and present, motherhood, childhood and heritage. The pigeons are urban rats, rural doves, and a means of escape for the girls in the narrative. The beetles are also a device for departure, an invasive species that is beautiful and threatening, powerful and fragile. They symbolize a winged force from outside, a middle-class elegance, and opportunity. The spilt blood in many of the works is a metaphor for personal sacrifice and the hair signifies memory that is unavoidable, beautiful and problematic. Each painting refers both to my rural experience and to global and local current events. I construct the paintings in oil on smoothly primed canvas, considering in detail the significance and character of every object. The finished works call to mind magic, theater, children's stories, myth and legend and create an emotional experience that is beyond the fundamental core of the objects depicted.