scrap wrenn's recent photomontage works invite viewers to look into and beyond the picture plane in the spirit of exploration and openness to surprise. The process that gives rise to the hand-constructed (cut/torn), paper-layered photomontages involves the daily practice of looking deeply, taking photographs, and then falling into studio focus sessions to bring forth optically engaging, color-tracking motions and ground-shifting composite landscapes that allude to our photo-prolific cultural state—as well as environmental, social, and psychological crises that we are currently confronting on a global scale.
"I experience [the] creative process as a philosophic inquiry into the nature of reality itself, as an attempt to collapse subject and object through the lens and lens-captured imagery, and as a meditative movement of the breath in the physical-making. Photography could be seen as a devotional practice in appreciation of the world ‘as it is’…in each unfolding moment. Then, the fine art works collapse innumerable moments in space/time to also tell a story that asks the viewer to allow the great play of imagery to inspire awe - with focus, framing, and depth of field." - scrap wrenn
Ms. Wrenn's participation in artists' projects and group exhibitions for nearly 2 decades has included collaborations and shows throughout the New York City area, at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Texas, and Lecce, Italy.
Wrenn has had residencies with Arts@Renaissance (Brooklyn, 2012), the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (Ithaca, NY, 2013), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT, 2013), I-Park (East Haddam, CT, 2005), Soaring Gardens Artists' Retreat (PA, 2005/2015), and with Chashama (40 Worth St., Brooklyn Army Terminal, 2004, 2013-15). She shows regularly with the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY (with an upcoming show July 21 - August 12, 2018).
Working under pseudonyms, Wrenn's experimental projects have included various architectural video projections, interactive walking-tour theater programs in the East Williamsburg Industrial Park (Brooklyn), several immersive transformations of transitional real estate in the New York City area (Chashama, et al, 2003-8), public installations at the former mid-town Donnell NYPL Library (Chashama, 2010), and an outdoor public sculpture commission on Randall's Island ("Awakening Asylum," Flow.12, 2012).
After attending New York University in the Steinhardt University Scholars Program (1998-2002), Wrenn received the Mount Royal Graduate Fellowship Award at MICA (2006-2008). She has published several essays, books, and articles as contributions to exhibition catalogues, conference proceedings, and magazines, in addition to limited edition photography books.
Wrenn teaches formally as a full-time Visiting Lecturer of Art in Photography and Multi-media at Marist College (Dept. of Art & Digital Media), and received an upstate relocation empowering "Tending Space" Fellowship in 2014 (from the Hemera Foundation) that furthered her creative inquiries with dharma practice.
The upcoming show being the seeing will debut two 15' pieces in an exhibition at the Kirkland Art Center (KAC) in Clinton, NY, January 9 - February 16, 2018.
To schedule an appointment to view the show (Saturday and Sunday only), or for further information, please contact scrap at email@example.com She may also be followed on Instagram.