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[New Orleans, LA ||| b. 1963 – New Orleans, LA]

 

Non-objective artist Aimée Farnet Siegel works with color and line through the medium of found, hand-painted, and manipulated paper. Her works inhabit space outside the two-dimensional plane of paint on canvas and have a depth beyond collage and are closer in nature to assemblage.

 

Inspired by typography with a deep-rooted connection to the grid, Siegel’s graphic design background is evident in her work.

 

In 2019 she presented an independent site-specific installation in conversation with works in the international group show Hinge Picture: Eight Women Artists Occupy the Third Dimension at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Concurrently, Siegel exhibited in a solo show at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans. And in a group show at Spalding Nix Fine Art, Atlanta.

 

Born in New Orleans in 1963, Siegel received her BFA from Louisiana State University and later studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.

 

Aimée says of her work…

 

My work explores connections whether it’s visually through linework or literally, as in my series titled, Aimée and The Post Office.

 

In 2018, I mailed small unfinished works to close friends, collectors, and Instagram followers. Each was mailed with no protective envelopes, inviting scratches, rips and ink marks from my unwitting partner, the US Post Office. Having gone through the postal system, I felt the works were now finished. These surprise gifts were my way of connecting.

 

I push scale differences within bodies of work. And as I work, I enjoy shifting between very small and very large pieces, as I find each informs the other. However, living this new Covid normal, where I’m cut off from family and friends and my studio is now on my front porch, I feel the need to work small. Rather than connecting, I’m realizing my need to be insular. My works have become cocoon-like. And each feels like a puzzle I’m trying to solve.

CURRICULUM VITAE |||

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EDUCATION

2008 – 2017    Ongoing education, New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts 

1984               BFA from Louisiana State University

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019    Principle of Uncertainty, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

            UnHinge, Johnathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2018    The Space Between, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016    Momentum and My Muse, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2013    No Hiding, Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2012    Living on Stilts, Gallery 3001, Joey K’s Restaurant, New Orleans, LA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018    Thirty New Orleans Artists, The Second Story Gallery, presenting at New Orleans Healing

            Center, New Orleans, LA

            Into the Blue: Artist Invitational, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville, NC

2017    Fivefecta, Degas Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2016    La Femme, The New Orleans Art Center, New Orleans, LA 

2014    Imago Mundi: New Orleans Repatriation, Prospect.3 Adjunct, New Orleans Museum of Art,

            New Orleans, LA 

            Recent Works, The Georges Gallery, New Orleans, LA 

2013    Louisiana Contemporary, Juried group exhibition, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art,

            New Orleans, LA 

2009    Art in a Box, RHINO Contemporary Crafts, New Orleans, LA  

2006    Group Show, Exhibited: The Gift Box, sculptural assemblages, Georges Art Gallery, Metairie Park Country Day School, New Orleans, LA

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

2018             Harpo Foundation, Inc., Grant recipient

2018, 2017   Directed Independent Study, Aimone Studio, Thomaston, MA

2017, 2016   Masters Level Independent Study, Steven Aimone, Atlantic Center for the Arts,

                    New Smyrna Beach, FL

 

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Andrea Andersson and John Cable

Walda and Sydney Besthoff

Sheila Bosworth and Thomas B. Lemann

Dathel and Tommy Coleman

Robin and Bruce Crutcher

Pia and Malcolm Ehrhardt

Barbara and Biff Motley

Jim Mounger

Auseklis Ozols