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Paula Wilson
Still from "Salty & Fresh, 2014
Video
8 minutes 30 seconds

Paula Wilson
Still from "Salty & Fresh, 2014
Video
8 minutes 30 seconds

Paula Wilson
Still from "Salty & Fresh, 2014
Video
8 minutes 30 seconds

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "Fanfare Fantail Rug" in the exhibition "The Unhomely", 2017
Acrylic, oil, enamel, on canvas laminated to pine slats
60 x 91 in/151 x 230 cm

Paula Wilson
Detail of Fanfare Fantail Rug

Paula Wilson
Enchanted Dazzler Rug, 2016
Acrylic, oil, enamel, on canvas laminated to pine slats
60 x 89 in/151 x 226 cm

Paula Wilson
Detail of Enchanted Dazzler Rug

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance", 2017
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Photo credit: Colin Conces. Image courtesy of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance", 2017
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Photo credit: Colin Conces. Image courtesy of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance", 2017
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Photo credit: Colin Conces. Image courtesy of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance", 2017
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Photo credit: Colin Conces. Image courtesy of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance", 2017
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Photo credit: Colin Conces. Image courtesy of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance", 2017
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Photo credit: Colin Conces. Image courtesy of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance", 2017
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Photo credit: Colin Conces. Image courtesy of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "Paula Wilson: The Backward Glance", 2017
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Photo credit: Colin Conces. Image courtesy of Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Paula Wilson
Lady with Reflection Pool, 2017
Oil, acrylic, woodblock print, batik, marker, colored pencil and monoprint, on paper
26 × 40 in/66 × 102 cm
Image courtesy of Emerson Dorsch Gallery.

Paula Wilson
Back from the Market-- Stained Glass, 2017
Oil, acrylic, woodblock print, monoprint on muslin
44 × 45 in/112 × 114 cm
Image courtesy of Emerson Dorsch Gallery.

Paula Wilson
Entry to the Stain Glass Row, 2017
Acrylic and oil on muslin stretched around white ash hoops
43 × 46 in/109 × 117 cm
Image courtesy of Emerson Dorsch Gallery.

Paula Wilson
Inside Out, 2016
Acrylic, oil, and collage elements on muslin
43.5 × 55 in/111 × 140 cm
Image courtesy of Emerson Dorsch Gallery.

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "First Story", 2010
In collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

Paula Wilson
Installation view of "First Story", 2010
In collaboration with the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

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Paula Wilson

Born 1975 in Chicago, IL. Lives in Carrizozo, NM.

Paula Wilson is a mixed-media artist who studies and sources imagery from different cultures, geographies, and times to develop a unified, visual language of her own. Wilson frequently combines printmaking, painting, sculpture and video into her projects. Wilson works by collaging multiple forms of visual language together: ancient motifs, tropes from Western art history, and identifiers of her home in the New Mexico High Desert. Wilson has repurposed visuals associated with Greek myths, Impressionist paintings, and styles derived from the decorative and domestic arts.

Paula Wilson received an MFA from Columbia and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Wilson first exhibited with Denny Gallery in a group exhibition called The Unhomely in 2017. Wilson’s most recent solo exhibitions were Salty & Fresh at Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami FL (2017) and The Backward Glance at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE (2017). She has been included in four exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, exhibitions at Skidmore College (2015), Inside-Out Art Museum in Beijing (2014), Postmasters Gallery (2010), Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (2010), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2009), Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw (2007), Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (2006), just to name a few. She has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic, Artforum, The New York Times, the New York Observer, and The New Yorker. Wilson’s artwork is in many prestigious collections including, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the New York Public Library, Yale University, Saatchi Gallery, and The Fabric Workshop.

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