From May 28 through September 4, MMoCA will present Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows, an exhibition featuring a new body of work by Brooklyn-based artist Claire Stigliani. Stigliani is known for her mixed-media drawings that fuse together references to fairytales, autobiography, and pop culture to interrogate contemporary notions of femininity. For her solo show at MMoCA, the artist is moving beyond the two dimensional surface of her luminous drawings by rendering them as three-dimensional, miniaturized sets, which Stigliani then uses to create stop-motion videos.
Seamlessly combining drawing, painting, sculpture, and video to present her semi-autobiographical stories, Stigliani develops each of her narrative series as interconnected, voyeuristic scenes that blur fiction and reality, and offer a glimpse into Stigliani’s half-imagined worlds. Often depicting herself within the deeply layered compositions, she becomes a reoccurring character who plays out the artist’s own struggles navigating the uncertain relationship between power and vulnerability, desire and innocence. As such, Stigliani’s work exudes an innocent authenticity while at the same time reveling in the dualities of life.
Generous funding for Claire Stigliani: Half-Sick of Shadows has been provided by Karen and Craig Christianson; Promega Corporation; Dan and Natalie Erdman; The Terry Family Foundation; a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and National Endowment for the Arts; and MMoCA Volunteers.