2022 HUCE Artist Series: Carleen Sheehan

The Harvard University Center for the Environment presents 2022 HUCE Artist Series: Carleen Sheehan on Wednesday, November 30 @ 4-5pm in HUCE Seminar Room 440 (26 Oxford St., Cambridge). Reception to follow,

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In her ongoing photography projects and installations, Carleen Sheehan documents the natural environment from an intimate perspective, celebrating small fragments of natural ephemera: the movement and density of water, shifts in light, color, and atmosphere. She often works in specific areas over time, allowing a sense of place to unfold within shifting contexts and conditions. Sheehan is interested in what we see and what we don't as we move through complex spaces. She works with her cameras to draw with light, using them to scan, record, and understand place in a way that is both tactile and incremental. Sheehan is also a member of the Visual Arts faculty at Fordham University in New York.

Sheehan's images from the Arctic were collected during two trips to the region in 2017 and 2018. The first, to the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, in the High Arctic, was supported by The Arctic Circle Residency Program, a sailing expedition for artists and scientists along the Spitsbergen coast. The following year she traveled to Iceland to work in the Vatnajokull Glacier region. While in Reykjavik, Sheehan consulted with Oddur Sigurdsson at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, who identified the Tyndall formations in her photographs from Svalbard. These images commemorate and document glacial ice as it melts and transforms under the solstice sun.

Sheehan's studio practice incorporates a range of media, including painting, drawing, photography, and printmaking. Images sampled from a variety of sources are synthesized and spliced into densely layered fields that hum with ambient detail and embedded imagery. Woven into the work are references to the heightened impact of climate shifts on both the built and natural worlds. Sheehan creates open-ended narratives in a space that is compressed yet floating, revealing itself by unfolding and unraveling, creating connections and generating content.

In addition to The Arctic Circle Residency, Sheehan is the recipient of residency fellowships to MacDowell, The Corporation of Yaddo, Millay Arts, and the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. She is anticipating a journey to Antarctica as part of her participation in the traveling exhibition, Change: The National Geographic Endurance Project, curated by artist Zaria Forman. Sheehan has received grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Mellon Challenge grants for travel and curatorial projects. Sheehan's work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at Karen McCready Fine Art, NY; Jill Newhouse Gallery, NY; Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham, NY; The Brooklyn Museum; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; The Shaker Museum, New Lebanon, NY; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan.

Sheehan's work is currently on view at HUCE through December 2022. A newly commissioned installation of Ice Fall, along with images from the Glacial Cosmologies Series and the Chalk Series, are included.

Explore and learn more about her work: https://www.carleensheehan.com/

Questions? huce@environment.harvard.edu | 617.495.0368