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About Corran Shrimpton

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Corran Shrimpton is from Syracuse, NY and received her BFA with a minor in Philosophy from Alfred University. She has worked as an instructor and Artist-in-Residence at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL and the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and is in the permanent collection of The Newcomb Museum of Art. She is the recipient of the Lisa Elwell Ceramic Artist Endowed Encouragement Award, a Windgate Fellowship at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, an ArtFields Merit Award and is currently in her final year as an MFA candidate and Welch Fellow at Georgia State University.

Artist Statement

   My work integrates Victorian aesthetics, drawing inspiration from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 1890 story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," and its portrayal of women's oppression during an era when they were confined to the domestic sphere. Although we are now free to venture beyond the four walls of our homes, other barriers, in the form of beauty standards and internalized expectations of femininity, control us and keep us in our place. In contrast to the idealization of bodies seen throughout art history and contemporary visual culture, my work addresses the high standards imposed on women that systemically perpetuate feelings of unworthiness. I advocate for more critical consideration of how we represent women’s bodies. Rather than glossing over the sources of women’s insecurities with words of encouragement to ‘love themselves’, my ceramic sculptures use distorted, fragmented, and abstracted feminine forms to illustrate the ways we restrict and contort our bodies to achieve impossible beauty ideals. Imagery referencing clothing, diet, cosmetics, weight loss and domestic decor prompts us to consider our ideas of beauty, their origins, and their effects.

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