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Eps 36: Artist Allison Reimus-Questioning the Decorative, Feminism & Choice

Allison Reimus's work explores the relationship between decoration and function and similarly, how painting operates as both an object and an idea. Simple compositions depicting singular moments and objects, within a shallow pictorial space, allow Reimus to freely explore her interests in formalism, geometry and abstraction. Thoughtful investigations regarding tactility and surface often lead to experiments with media closely associated with domesticity and the feminine--  glitter, gold leaf, flocking fibers, textiles and spray paint. 

Reimus's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications throughout the United States. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Tiger Strikes Asteroid (Chicago, IL), Knox College (Galesburg, IL), and The Mission (Chicago, IL). Recent group exhibitions include Left Field Gallery (Los Osos, CA), Kirk Hopper Fine Art (Dallas, TX), Platform Gallery (Baltimore, MD) and No Place Gallery (Columbus, OH). Her work has been included in ArtMaze Mag, Maake Magazine and New American Paintings (#88, #113, #125), where she was highlighted as both an "Editor's Selection" and a "Noteworthy Artist." Reviews include The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and NPR. Upcoming exhibitions include Left Field Gallery (Los Osos, CA) and Massey Klein Gallery (New York, NY).

In this episode Allison and I dive into her background, and how growing up in Michigan shaped who she is as a driven artist. We discuss her process within her work and how we were both told not to have children in order to have a career in the arts. This conversation sheds light on how women are told to live their life which we are currently seeing in politics with the challenge to Roe vs Wade. Predominantly white men are telling women what to do with their bodies. Check out more of Allison's work through the links below!


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