"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; lives and works in New York) received her BFA from the Cooper Union in 2008. Her work has been exhibited at Downs & Ross, The Frans Hals Museum, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Paul Kasmin Gallery, among numerous others. Her practice has been featured in  Artforum, Artnet, The Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.