Relations at the Fjord

oil on canvas


24″ x 24″

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Isis Hockenos (American b. 1986) is a painter living and working in the Bay Area. Isis is influenced by the wind and the salt and the craggy shores of the Northern California coast, while being inspired too by the urban angles of the cities in which she has lived. She studied visual arts and creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NY and printmaking at Fondazione Il Bisonte in Florence, Italy.

Isis works primarily on oils. She is interested in incidental gender dynamics both physical, through the lens of task and labor, and emotional, through interpersonal relationships. These interests are juxtaposed with a strong connection to her natural environment and to an affinity for narrative.

“I respond to the constant, unacknowledged, often incidental work of women. There is a female sense of urgency, of responsibility, of bondage that insists we maintain momentum and forward pressure. There is no label for it, small conscious evidence of it. However, there is joy, ease, playfulness and efficiency derived from women in unity. By fostering instead of suppressing these instincts, we may rebuild the social construct bisected by a gender-normative chasm.

Additionally, I see my native Bay Area strung between the ubiquitous technology sector and a revived interest in handwork. In the future, might “work” be performed only by machines while humans perform “labor” as a form of leisure? Will craftsmanship be valued only for its aesthetics, not for its usefulness?”

Isis has exhibited locally and internationally including at Vorres Gallery, San Francisco, Sandra Lee Gallery, San Francisco, Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station, Sagan Piechota Architecture, San Francisco, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, and at Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, DK. She is currently a Young Artist Fellow at Gallery Route One, Pt. Reyes Station and a Resident Artist at The Midway Gallery, San Francisco. In Spring 2017 Hockenos worked with The Midway Gallery to curate Rhizosphere: Celebrating West Marin’s artists & creative legacy from 1960-today, a sprawling survey of over sixty artists living and working in her native West Marin County.

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