Constance Culpepper, Scarlett, 2018. Oil and pencil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches.
Constance Culpepper on her process: "My creative process is informed by logic and experience: a childhood of internal conflict, stemming from conventional female roles and conservative ideology inspired my voice. I aim to express femininity, freedom, and social commentary in my paintings, and, at times, specifically how gender roles define the household and how the household represents something so much larger, how we as people become attached to things and stuff and the deeper connection behind this. I use paintings that focus on furniture, lone figures, and bright, energetic colors as vehicles to express emotion and create compositions meant to question personal space, perspective and each person’s place in the world."
Philadelphia artist Constance Culpepper 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 collective work is a depiction of domesticity and the commonalities of personal experience, informed from her background in psychology and her itinerant childhood in rural Texas and Southern Louisiana - filled with antiques, American quilts, and strong women. Culpepper’s paintings were featured at Select Fair Art Basel Miami 2013 and 2014, and at the 2016 Democratic National Convention Headquarters. She recently worked as an archivist at the Barnes Foundation, cataloging the foundation's photography collection, and designed an art history program for the Lower Merion School District of Southeastern Pennsylvania, where she served as Artist-in-Residence. In 2018, Culpepper interned with Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program, painting murals in the East Falls and South Philly neighborhoods. She is Director Emeritus of Philadelphia’s 3rd Street Gallery.