"In my studio, I keep two postcards on my wall. One depicts the "Barberini Faun," a Hellenistic sculpture of a sleeping male nude, and the other is a fiery, scribbled version of Claude Monet's "Japanese Bridge." These two images embody what I search for when I make a painting: a muscular sensuality paired with a half-blind urgency that corrupts the familiar. I am fixated on corporeality. I love fingerprints preserved in Mesopotamian clay tablets, and gestures caught in time as in ukiyo-e depictions of women pulling up their long sleeves or an Old Kingdom Egyptian sculpture of a young boy with his index finger pressed to his lips. 

When, in a moment of comic horror, Bugs Bunny plays the piano so furiously that his fingers get tied in knots, physicality is twisted into metaphor. In a similar vein, I am interested in the tensions between the mind and the body. I trace new humanisms that I see reflected in banal situations, finding poetry in such things as the heaviness of gravity and the softness of a hotdog bun." -- Ivy Haldeman


Ivy Haldeman (b. 1985 Aurora, CO) gained her BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2008, now lives and works in New York, NY. Her work was exhibited at Simuvac Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York, NY); Mayor Projects (Aarhus, Denmark); Frans Hals Museum (Haarlem, Netherlands); The Queens Museum (Queens, NY) and was featured in Sleek 53,The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.