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Artist Talk // Kariann Fuqua

Fine Arts Building, Pullman, WA 99164
Exhibition in Gallery 2, artist talk in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium (Room 5062)
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About the event

Join us for an artist talk with Kariann Fuqua, whose work is currently on display in the Fine Arts Center’s Gallery 2.

About Kariann Fuqua:

Artist Statement

The intersection of order and chaos dominates my practice.  I create drawings and paintings, using space as a metaphor to describe feelings of loss, longing, and uncertainty.  My work explores grief through an environmental lens, conjuring images of the sublime, where both the beautiful and the horrific converge.

Through abstraction, I investigate environmental and biological catastrophes, the basic mechanics of which are often unseen but threaten our very existence. On a microscopic level, biological phenomena necessary to sustain life are complex structures, and we only become aware of their disequilibrium as we approach the brink of disaster, whether by means of climate change, disease, or famine. The disruption of these systems by human interference or natural forces causes a chain reaction of devastation from which it is hard to recover.

My work dissects images of the local landscape with layered mark-making to generate imagined networks, systems, and maps. Edges, erasures, and value play critical roles in establishing a sense of collective force that embodies anxiousness and isolation. I exploit this tension to evoke a reverence for the earth and the power of nature, while simultaneously responding to the feeling of helplessness as I observe the rapid pace of environmental destruction.


Kariann Fuqua (b. 1976, Oklahoma) is an abstract artist using drawing and painting to investigate the edges of environmental disaster. She received her BFA in painting from Kansas State University and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her work has been widely exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States including Jenkins-Johnson Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Governors Island (New York, NY), Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago, IL), Byron Cohen Gallery (Kansas City, MO), Manifest Gallery and Drawing Center(Cincinnati, OH), Athens Institute of Contemporary Art (Athens, GA), Mississippi Museum of Art (Jackson, MS) and was awarded a public commission at McCormick Place (Chicago, IL). She received a Joan Mitchell Foundation full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission, and her work was published in New American Paintings and the Artist’s Magazine. She currently lives and works in Oxford, Mississippi where she is an Instructional Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Museum Studies at the University of Mississippi.


Chelsea Jacobs