Paula Wilson: Entangled
Paula Wilson’s work blends multimedia and multi-cultural references to create extravagant paintings, prints, and videos that are simultaneously realistic and unworldly. The dense layering of color, image, pattern, and material acts as a visual metaphor for the complex stratum of histories and cultures that inform the work. With a style characterized by narrative, bold color, and pattern, her work often depicts interactions between figures and highly detailed scenes of the natural environment. Her subject matter is multifaceted and draws inspiration from real and invented cultural histories and identities that explore myth, race, and sexuality.
Collapsing the distance between art and life, Entangled embraces an anthropomorphic worldview where nature and human life are embodied and reflected. Monumental silhouetted figures, garbed in rich pictorial material, hold the unseen forces of nature at work, specifically the mutualistic relationship the yucca has with its sole pollinator—the yucca moth.
Wilson relocated in 2008 from Brooklyn to South Central New Mexico, settling into the old railroad town of Carrizozo with her woodworker companion Mike Lagg. In this high desert world home, art, and the natural world are Entangled . Prints, video, furniture, paintings, sculptures, and clothing merge to reveal a handmade life where their interdependence and interconnectivity takes form.
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“The Naturalist” by Alicia Inez Guzmán Entangled exhibition brochure essay
“Natural Synergy: Artists Mira Burack and Paula Wilson” by Megan Kamerick, Pasatiempo | Santa Fe New Mexican
“516 shows spotlight transplanted viewpoints” by Kathaleen Roberts, Albuquerque Journal
Panel discussion audio with Mira Burack and Alicia Inez Guzman