A New Fall: The Paintings of Stephanie Serpick

A_New_Fall_1_©_Stephanie_Serpick A New Fall 1 | 16" x 20" | Oil on panel | © Stephanie Serpick 2017

Stephanie Serpick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of Chicago. Her work has been shown in various exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally, and she is a fellow at several residencies, most notably at the Florence Trust Studios in London, Ragdale in Illinois, and the Vermont Studio Center, where she was awarded a full fellowship and stipend to attend. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

You can learn more about her at her website.


 

A_New_Fall_2_©_Stephanie_Serpick
A New Fall 2 | 16″ x 20″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2017

 

The paintings displayed here stem from both reactions to events in our country and the world, as well as personal loss.

 

A_New_Fall_3_©_Stephanie_Serpick
A New Fall 3 | 16″ x 20″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2017

 

They are intimate paintings represented by unmade beds and tossed sheets, absent of any human evidence, on intentionally blank, somewhat rough backgrounds.

 

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A New Fall 4 | 16″ x 20″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2017

 

The empty bed here represents a place for grief, depression or isolation.

 

A_New_Fall_5_©_Stephanie_Serpick
A New Fall 5 | 16″ x 20″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2017

 

As such, the work speaks to our shared feeling of grief, with the understanding that while we all suffer in our individual ways, suffering is universal.

 

A_New_Fall_6_©_Stephanie_Serpick
A New Fall 6 | 16″ x 20″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2017

 

Source material for this work are photographs I have both taken and found, and the intimate size of the paintings references the intimate nature of the subject matter.

 

A_New_Fall_8_©_Stephanie_Serpick
A New Fall 8 | 16″ x 20″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2017

 

The backgrounds of the paintings are repeatedly painted and sanded, to create a frame and backdrop for the bedding that is flat, yet rough with work and time.

 

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A New Fall 11 | 18″ x 24″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2017

 

The bedding itself is seen from different perspectives, but still indicates a scene of desolation and despair.

 

A_New_Fall_12_©_Stephanie_Serpick
A New Fall 12 | 16″ x 20″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2018

 


 

A_New_Fall_13_©_Stephanie_Serpick
A New Fall 13 | 16″ x 20″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2018

 


 

A_New_Fall_16_©_Stephanie_Serpick
A New Fall 16 | 24″ x 18″ | Oil on panel
| © Stephanie Serpick 2018