Happyless, 2020, Archival Ink Print of Original Artwork on 100% Cotton Rag Paper, 21 x 28 inches.
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Culpepper's work is a narrative on personal space and perspective. She reenvisions what surrounds her - household belongings intertwined with geometric and organic patterns to craft a narrative about domestic life and its inhabitants. Her use of figures and vibrantly colored furnishings as the subjects of artwork reminds us that we are creatures of nature and habit, never truly free from expectations of and longings for home. With more than 60 million displaced people in the world today, the universality of this desire for shelter, acceptance, comfort, and stability is more pressing than ever. Differences in race, culture and socio-economic status, however, leave each of us with a unique idea of what constitutes home. Yet across these perspectives, the female is a constant. She explores the role of women in this domain.
Constance Culpepper is a Philadelphia based artist. She studied psychology and studio art at Southern Methodist University (B.A.) and received an M.A. in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Her background in psychology informs her collective work, which is a study in domesticity and the commonalities of personal experience.
Culpepper worked as an archivist at the Barnes Foundation, and designed an art history program for the Lower Merion School District of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where she also served as Artist-in-Residence. She interned with the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia in 2018, working on murals in the East Falls and South Philly neighborhoods of the city. She was a featured artist at Select Fair Art Basel Miami 2013 and 2014, and at the 2016 Democratic National Convention Headquarters. Culpepper is Director Emeritus of 3rd Street Gallery, a cooperative gallery in Old City, Philadelphia.
Culpepper’s paintings are held in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Russia and have been featured in national gallery, museum and university exhibitions.