Shana Hoehn has built an image archive of sexualized female archetypes sourced from ship figureheads, hood ornaments, carnival portraiture, pinups painted on WWII aircraft, and horror films. These images are a starting point for Hoehn’s distinctive, large-scale sculptures. By combining traditional and digital fabrication techniques, the artist’s distorted femme forms echo and mutate across eras, reemerging resiliently to confront the viewer with their histories of malignant misrepresentation. Each sculpture consists of two women, either as a double or camouflaged in one form through double imagery. Whether a shadow, a twin, or a sister, these women haunt in packs.
About the Artist
Shana Hoehn (b. 1991 Texarkana, TX) creates videos and installations that are informed by the implicit order and decorum inside spaces that manifest a form of social regulation. She received her BFA in painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in sculpture and extended media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Hoehn has participated in residencies such as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Acre Residency, SOMA Summer, and the Core Program. Hoehn is a recipient of a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Mexico, the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, and the Idea Fund Grant.