SHOSHANNA WEINBERGER (she/her)
Mixed media artist Shoshanna Weinberger’s studio practice is rooted in an exploration of her Caribbean-American background. Her work explores the complexity of heritage and the psychology of peripheral identity referenced from personal memories, history, research, literature, and cultural beauty norms. She considers herself a visual anthropologist, cataloging and surveying these experiences.
Otherness has always been at the center of Shoshanna’s consciousness. Her early ideals of beauty were shaped by and linked through, paintings throughout art history and photographs in fashion magazines.
“Those images were heroic and beautiful, images that embodied a particular “Venus” that didn’t look like me. It is through this cultural history of female exposé, mutation, and myth that I create work to reflect an autobiographical history of invisible blackness, passing, and ambiguity.”
Weinberger uses her work as a space to explore the ways marginalized bodies, including her own, have been imagined, invented, and shaped through societal interpretations and the spaces they inhabit.
ABOUT SHOSHANNA WEINBERGER
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Shoshanna Weinberger received an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2003, and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Awarded: 2014 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant; 2020 Newark Accelerator Grant from the Warhol Foundation; 2021 City of Newark Creative Catalyst Fund Grant; 2022 Fellowship from NJ State Council of the Arts.
Her work has been exhibited over two decades nationally and internationally. Highlights include: National Gallery of Jamaica; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Bronx Museum; Wassaic Project; Wave Hill; and NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Public collections: New Jersey State Museum; Newark Museum of Art; Girl’s Club Collection, Fort Lauderdale; Margulies Collection, Miami; Davidson College, NC; AC Kingston Collection, Jamaica; Sheldon Museum of Art.