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Angela Piehl’s work addresses luxury, accumulation, and alienation from nature. Piehl considers these topics from a gendered perspective, and her images create allegorical and narrative allusions regarding identity, loneliness, opulent decay and the underbelly of human nature.
Piehl abstracts and re-combines elaborately decorative elements with organic material such as hair, tentacles, eggs, bone, crystalline structures and wood. Images Piehl crafts contain synthetic representations of nature and natural beauty through quotation of decoration and design tropes. This artifice and irony is additionally layered into her content through color choices, use of pattern, and textural artifice.
Piehl layers imagery using an intuitive sense of aesthetic relationships, hybridizing different aesthetic orders (synthetic and organic, flora and fauna, decoratively abstract and figuratively monstrous) as a means of further emphasizing and contrasting visual information, as well as human relationships to these orders.
Piehl’s visual intermingling creates biomorphic abstractions with inherent narrative qualities; grotesque creatures imbibed with the power to both attract and repel, and the potential to host projections of human emotion and desire. These feral bouquets are simultaneously engaging and seductive, while repellent and abject. Ultimately, Piehl’s emphatic commitment to a wide range of source imagery leads to an eccentric abstraction, rejecting barriers and boundaries.
Angela Piehl is an artist, and an Associate Professor of Painting, Drawing, and Digital Art. Her work has exhibited widely, in national, international, juried and invitational exhibitions.
Recent solo exhibitions include Feral Beauty and Opulent Decay at the Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Unnatural Order at the Oklahoma City Capitol Gallery, Lonely Hunters at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Angela Piehl: Drawings at the Indianapolis Art Center, Organic Excess at ARC Gallery in Chicago, and Curiosities of the Floating World at Chashama Gallery in New York.
Piehl has been included in many 2 and 3 person exhibitions nationally; most recently at Colorado State University, Appalachian State University, Artspace Gallery in Raleigh, NC, and Antenna Gallery in New Orleans.
Piehl’s works are part of the Kala Art Institute’s Permanent Collection in Berkeley, CA, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art’s Print Collection, and the New Mexico State University Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection.
Piehl has participated in many public lectures addressing her work and research at various conferences, exhibition panel lectures, and at galleries, museums and universities across the country.
Piehl has participated in several highly competitive Artist Residency programs, such as Jentel, Kala Art Institute, Vermont Studio Center, and Chashama.
Piehl’s work has been supported with grant funding through Oklahoma State University, and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Council.