JANIVA ELLIS (US)
Residency period: September-October 2023
Janiva Ellis (born in 1987 in Oakland, California, US) received a BFA from California College of the Arts, Oakland, in 2012. Her work has been exhibited at the 2019 Whitney Biennial, New York, and the 2018 New Museum Triennial, New York. In 2018 Ellis was awarded the Rema Hort Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and the Stanley Hollander Award. Her works are held in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Rubell Museum, Miami; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami and Baltimore Museum of Art.
Ellis’s paintings produce abundant imagery, invented as well as appropriated. She draws from a broad array of material, including art history and pop culture, to comment on the insidious nature of white supremacist mythology and its denial of itself as a brutal social and structural force. Her work interrogates pervasive images, examining their contexts and sentimental resonances. She uses the wide-ranging strategies of landscape painting, abstraction and cartoon for a sardonic reframing of the images’ visual and emotional narratives. The humour in her work aims to create space for release as well as renewal.