Zoë Levy portrait

Zoë Levy

Studio 424

www.zoetbloom.blogspot.com

b. 1987, Philadelphia, PA

BFA, Boston University, Boston, MA

Area of Concentration at Hunter: Combined Media

Projected Graduation: Spring 2017

Illness and Disease are despairingly common. But there is something about suffering and pain that people don’t talk about in polite conversation; sometimes not even to friends or family. People say they’re fine and hide a torrent of struggle beneath the surface. Why are everyone’s struggles going unspoken? Unwitnessed?

My current work is about an exploration of my own humanity and the limits of the human psyche. I’m attempting to capture the psychological fallout of my own illness, of chronic pain. I suffer from a disease that leaves me with pain and fatigue on a daily basis. Like the drips of water torture, pain’s sheer ever-presence starts to lift and tear at the edges of reality. By portraying vignettes about depression, isolation and loneliness, I hope to use my own experience with illness to harp on larger, universal experiences of suffering and invite the viewer to identify with these feelings.
My work consists of drawings, paintings, and sculpture in various media, and have evolved drastically from my previous ways of working. I come from a background of tightly-rendered representational drawing, painting and sculpture. My recent pieces are much more loosely rendered and draw from a language of caricature and comic vocabulary. This kind of mark-making allows for an efficiency of communication and an inclusivity that lends itself to this subject matter.
Although just in its infancy, my new work aims to construct familiar characters and build a relationship with the viewer. It is my aspiration to convey in the most genuine sense how it feels to be ill. My work builds on the possibility that such a colloquial drawing shorthand is capable of bearing profound feeling.  

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