Enigmatic and uncanny, Carrie Scanga’s images are both hauntingly familiar and strangely other. These pictures grew out of and suggested stories, which Scanga saw as having the power to link “all that’s personal to something more universal.” Beginning with a feeling that she wanted to pinpoint, the artist consciously sifted through “fictional and true, personal and cultural stories and settings,” seeking out scenarios that would visually express her sensation or emotion. Of particular interest to her were those “buildings and cultural myths,” architecture and allegories, that were “saturated with people’s stories through use and circulation”–a home that had absorbed traces of its inhabitants, the traditional tales that become richer with each retelling. Drawing upon these tangible and intangible repositories of meaning, Scanga created scenes dense with potential interpretations. Conveying more than just her personal feelings, each of Scanga’s images prompted viewers to invoke their own memories and imaginings.
Allegories and Architecture and Carrie Scanga’s spring 2010 SAC residency are made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, and by the R.C. Kemper Charitable Trust, UMB Bank, n.a. Corporate Trustee.
Carrie Scanga Cornation Snapshot, 2006 charcoal and collaged etching 42 x 57 inches Courtesy of the artist
ALLEGORIES AND ARCHITECTURE CARRIE SCANGA
March 6 through May 17, 2009