Through a practice spanning sculpture, video, and drawing, Shana Hoehn (b. 1991, Texarkana, TX) looks at gendered features within Western iconography to modify and re-cast oppressive symbolic motifs. For example, a recurring subject in Hoehn’s work is the arched back that appears throughout the diagnostic language of medicine, in hood ornaments of classic cars, cheerleading, horror films, and weapon decoration. Drawing from her personal and historical research, Hoehn transforms found objects, wood, and metal through traditional and digital fabrication techniques.


Hoehn received her MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Sculpture and Extended Media and earned a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Make Room Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (2022); Art Pace, San Antonio, TX (2022); Euqinom Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2021); Women and Their Work, Austin, TX, (2019), among others. Recent group exhibitions include Machines of Desire at Simon Lee Gallery, London (2022); Cared For at The Blaffer Museum in Houston, TX (2022); Slowed and Throwed at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston in Houston, TX (2020-21); Prescribed Liberalism at P.  Bibeau, New York, NY (2022); I Believe in God, Only I Spell it Nature at Lodos Gallery, Mexico City (2021). Hoehn has received fellowships and participated in various international residencies, including a Fulbright Fellowship in Mexico (2013-2014), Artpace International Artist in Residence in San Antonio (2021), the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, Netherlands (2019-2020), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2013), the Core Program at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2016-18), and SOMA Summer in Mexico City (2016). She was awarded the 2018 Meredith Long Prize from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2016. Hoehn’s work has been written about in publications such as Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary Art, Artforum, The Austin Chronicle, The San Antonio Current, and Glasstire. Hoehn lives and works in Los Angeles. Make Room will present Shana Hoehn’s work at Frieze Los Angeles in 2023.