Mirror Face showcases the work of Sarah McEneaney, Christa Donner, and Keiler Roberts. For all three of these artists the documentation of their everyday lives, both internal and external, serves as part of the inspiration for their work. In contrast to the highly crafted representations of self we have grown accustomed to seeing in contemporary society, the paintings, drawings, and comics in this exhibition present actual portraits rather then idealized ones.
Whether chronicling the mundane locations and conversations of their everyday, monitoring the cumulative cost of their daily consumption or documenting the exceptional moments of their lives these artists’ work highlight the ways in which the vulnerability of a true self portrait is individually empowering and provides valuable common connection.
Christa Donner is a Chicago based artist know for her large-scale innovative drawing installations. She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Cleveland), Gallery 400, ThreeWalls, International Museum of Surgical Science, National Museum of Mexican Art, Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, Krannert Art Museum, and Kravets Wehby Gallery (Germany). Donner has completed residencies abroad in Germany, Spain, and Japan. She is the recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship and Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artist Award. Donner currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute Chicago.
More of the artists' work can be found here: http://www.christadonner.com/
Sarah McEneaney is a Philadelphia based painter who has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), Hood Museum of Art, Mills College Art Museum (California), and the List Gallery (Pennsylvania). McEneaney is the recipient of the Yaddo Fellowship (2006, 2005, 1997, 1995), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2002, 2001, 1993), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2000), the MacDowell Colony Fellowship (1998), and the Chianti Foundation Residency (2009). She also does activist work in Philadelphia and has been instrumental in the creation of the Rail Park Project, a community project that is underway to convert the former Reading Co. railroad viaduct into a 25,000-square-foot linear park. McEneaney serves as President of the nonprofit Friends of the Rail Park. She is represented by Tiber de Nagy Gallery in New York and Locks Gallery in Philadelphia.
More of the artists' work can be found here: http://www.locksgallery.com/artists/sarah-mceneaney
Keiler Roberts is a renowned comic artist based in Chicago. She is the recipient of the Ignatz Award - Outstanding Series for Powdered Milk (2016), The Best American Comics, Notables List (2014), Northwestern University Fellowship, and appeared as the Special Guest for CAKE - Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (2014). Roberts was published in Best American Comics 2016 edited by Roz Chast and Bill Kartalopoulos. Her work has been shown at the Block Museum of Art, DePaul Art Museum, and Kavi Gupta Gallery (Chicago). Roberts has published four books of work and currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute Chicago and DePaul University.
More of the artists' work can be found here: http://www.keilerroberts.com/