This is Noel Grunwaldt’s first solo show at Stellan Holm Gallery as well as her first solo show in New York. The exhibition will feature a series of new watercolor paintings depicting lifeless birds as well as six new silver sculptures cast from their remains.
Drawing upon external cues from the natural surroundings of her rural upstate home, Grunwaldt creates lush renderings of dead fowl. Breathing new enthusiasm into these lifeless creatures, Grunwaldt effortlessly transforms her subject matter into vibrant and intricate works of art. Aesthetically suspended between notions of life and death, Grunwaldt produces generous and resonant paintings that are simultaneously centered upon images of death and decay. The finely drafted details of her paintings and delicate attributes of her silver sculptures, both serve to convey a fragile and transient quality of physical life. Dynamic relationships fashioned by the artist’s varying techniques make these works at once abstract and detailed, alive and dead.
Noel Grunwaldt was born in Carmel, CA in 1964 and educated at the State University of New York at Albany, receiving a BA in English and a MA in Studio Arts. Noel Grunwaldt lives and works in upstate New York.