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Naomi Grossman

Naomi Grossman’s wire organic sculptures reference the human form and function as drawings as well. Wire magically becomes line in space, changing in character and becoming messages from within. The wire functions to create a tension- as in the expression “wired”- while also conveying both strength and fragility. The sculptures are delicate and have words embedding in their “skin”. These words give the viewer the sense of eavesdropping on someone’s secret obsessive thoughts. These sculptures use language, written and visual in tension. Her work is always probing deeper into how language describes and defines one’s identity.
Grossman’s mixed media works on paper combine a calligraphic line with figuration to further explore obsessive thoughts, secrets, fears, longings and desires.
Both her wire sculptures- a figure falling through space, female torsos revealing secret thoughts and fears, chairs with the imprint of their last occupant hanging ghostlike in air- and mixed media on paper, cropped nude photos combining words with mixed media, obsessive drawings- show people revealing their fragility and anxiety in our 21st century.
Bio Recent exhibits include a one-person show at the Queens College Art Center, the Patchogue Biennial, the Zimmerli Art Museum (Rutgers University), UBS Gallery (NYC), the Theresa Mahoney Gallery (College of St Elizabeth, NJ), WIRED at the Ernest Rubenstein Gallery (Lower East Side, NYC) and a one-person show and a visiting artist at the Phillips Museum (Franklin & Marshall College, PA). She has done site-specific installations in gallery settings. Grossman has an upcoming one-person exhibit at the Freyberger Museum (Penn State University). Recent residencies include the Ragdale Foundation and the Hambidge Center for the Arts; she has been invited to Panama for a future residency. She was awarded best in show at the Parrish Art Museum, awarded a MARK Grant and won numerous SOS grants from NYFA. Her work is in the Arroyo literary magazine’s Spring 2010 issue as their featured artist. Grossman has a studio in Long Island City.