Callie Garp received her BFA with high honors in 2012 from Plymouth State University, with minors in women’s studies and art history. She combines her passion for feminism and gender studies with her love of art in her figurative based paintings and prints. Garp is currently living and making work in New England.
Through my art, I explore gendered issues around identity, privilege and containment. I am interested in visual symbols that become objects in our society with complex implications. A ribbon may adorn, and bind. A mask may enable, and withhold. The female body may function as a striking, erotic expression, and a physical and psychological container. When do these symbols aid our sense of identity and when do they tie us to a false dichotomy?My work is imbedded with my own responses to the ambiguity of a moment; the interactions, evasions, reactions and non-reactions of a shared experience.
Media and Press
- I am currently reading: ‘Outlaw Culture; Resisting Representations‘ by Bell Hooks
- My favorite artist main squeeze of admiration would have to be photographer Miss Aniela
- I am currently addicted to homemade sea salt carmels!
- I draw on images from fashion magazines (especially W Magazine and Vogue), my immediate surroundings, my life experiences, feminist ideas, other artists (especially figurative painters and photographers).
- Photography is the number one skill I would like to improve on. I am entranced by what digital photographers are able to do with their cameras and their computers.
- My number one goal at the moment is to get into graduate school for a masters degree in painting.