ABOUT THE ARTIST:
What is the nature of Nature? Why are things the way they are? Signe Stuart has spent her life exploring these questions through her art. "My making process relies on both intuition and intellect, juggles the uncertainties between concepts of order and chaos, and acknowledges paradox and relativity.”
Signe Stuart's professional history spans over fifty years. Her approach to art making relies on experimentation with painting materials and forms, often breaking from the standard rectangle and concepts of framing. She has lived and worked in diverse regions of the United States: East Coast, Pacific Northwest, Northern Plains, and Southwest. She is nowresiding in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Stuart’s work with sewn and acrylic stained canvasses began in the early 1960s. Her mesmerizing paintings offer subtle shifts of colors punctuated by incandescent lines or arcs which on close inspection reveal small ridges that have been meticulously stitched and painted.
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Since 1972, Signe Stuart has had 18 solo museum exhibitions including those at the Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, NE; North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, MN; South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SD and the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM. Her work has also been included in many museum group exhibitions, among them the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN. Stuart's numerous solo gallery shows over this time range geographically from: Jan Cicero, Chicago; Peter M. David, Minneapolis; Kate Ganz, NYC; Anderson/O'Brien, Omaha, William Siegal, Santa Fe, and Pie Projects Contemporary Art, Santa Fe.
Acrylic on sewn canvas
20 x 75 in. triptych
From 1989 to 2014, Stuart created several room size installations incorporating sound, light, and sensors, utilizing industrial materials styrofoam, tyvek, and vacuuforms. These environments focussed on implications of diverse connective systems and cultural interventions in nature. Installation effects ranged from meditative tosensory overload. Onomatopoeia,one of Stuart's 60 foot wide abstract narrative scroll paintings was the subject of a new music composition by composer Jonathan Chenette, (Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY.) Onomatopoeiapremiered with a performance at the Albuquerque Art Museum in 2010 in conjunction with the exhibitionCrossing Boundaries: Synesthesia in American Art.
During her career, Signe has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Painting Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts mural commissions, a South Dakota Arts Council Artist Fellowship and a New Mexico Experimental Glass Workshop Fellowship. She received several purchase awards including a Ford Foundation Purchase - Seattle Art Museum. Teaching, lectures and artist residencies include: Professor of Art, South Dakota State University; visiting artist, Williams College, MA; U-Cross Foundation Residency, WY and Cowles Visiting Artist at Grinnell College, IA.