Shana Hoehn American, b. 1991
Informed in part by her childhood spent growing up in the rural American South, Shana Hoehn’s (b. 1991, Texarkana, TX, USA) highly symbolic and open-ended three- dimensional and two- dimensional work presents viewers with multiple possibilities. Working with such diverse media as cast aluminum from 3D printed molds, hand-carved wood, and colored pencil on rice paper, Hoehn’s work is a testament to her masterful storytelling through iconic forms.
In her sculptures, Hoehn skillfully manipulates utilitarian elements (i.e. steel, aluminum, wood, etc.), molding them into elements of the human body and the natural world (i.e. limbs, lustrous braids, etc.).
Hoehn’s work possesses a playful whimsy, while tackling such universal themes as death, regeneration, adolescence, sexuality, and love. This can be observed in such series as the sculptures and drawings in Hoehn’s solo exhibition A Tangle of Limbs and Long Hair, in which she uses the image of arched backs to visually explore political oppression and fantasy.
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, USA (2022); Art Pace, San Antonio, TX, USA (2022); Euqinom Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA (2021), Women and Their Work, Austin,TX, USA (2019), among others. Recent group exhibitions include “Machines of Desire” at Simon Lee Gallery, London (2022); “Slowed and Throwed” at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston in Houston, TX, USA (2020-21); “I Believe in God, Only I Spell it Nature” at Lodos Gallery, Mexico City, MX (2021); and “Prescribed Liberalism” at P.Bibeau, New York, NY, USA (2022), among others. 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), among others. Her artwork has been 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 such publications as Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary Art, Artforum, The Austin Chronicle, The San Antonio Current and Glasstire, among others. Hoehn lives and works in Los Angeles. She has a forthcoming exhibition at the Blaffer Museum in Houston opening in October 2023.