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Carol Hepper

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Percussion, 2000
Sturgeon skin, fishing line and pigment
88” x 63” x 11”
Courtesy of the Carol Hepper Studio

Carol Hepper’s work draws on her own childhood memories of growing up on a ranch on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. She uses traditional craft techniques to create sculptures made of natural materials, such as wood, bone and animal hides. In 1996, she began a series of sculptural, painted works using fish skins, which were inspired by visiting the Fulton Fish Market near her former studio in Lower Manhattan. The artist developed a complex process for working with this natural material: the skins are sewn together with fishing line while wet. They are dried, then preserved using taxidermy techniques and finally painted. These fish tapestries are hung from a wire armature at a distance from the wall, allowing light to permeate the semi-transparent skins. Percussion, is made from the skins of sturgeon, an armored fish with large bony plates instead of scales, sandpaper-like skin and spiky protrusions. The effect of light passing through these painted skins brings out the beauty of this natural armor.

Hepper’s work has been widely shown across the country. She has had solo shows at the Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; Decker Gallery at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD; and the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. Her work is included in the New York City collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. She received a BS from South Dakota State University.

Pictured above:
Percussion, 2000
Sturgeon skin, fishing line and pigment
88” x 63” x 11”
Courtesy of the Carol Hepper Studio
Photo: Ken Goebel 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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