Eileen Cubbage
(b. 1976) Philadelphia, PA


M.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting
B.F.A. Syracuse University, School of Visual and Performing Arts, Illustration
Eileen Cubbage examines somatic and emotional residue through a performative and diaristic multidisciplinary new media practice. She has degrees from Maryland Institute College of Art and Syracuse University with residency attendance and group exhibitions at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Takt Kunstprojektraum Berlin, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, New York Studio School School’s Drawing Marathon, Pyramid Atlantic Paper Studio, Hotbed Studios Philadelphia and FAVElab, Athens. She is a Sumasil Foundation for Women’s Advancement grant recipient and a nominee for New Insight Art Chicago and the Dedalus Foundation Grant.
Formerly a fine arts professor at various universities, Eileen is currently developing creative somatic expression workshops as non-verbal, body-focused, trauma-informed therapeutic intervention and integration tools.
Statement
My work depicts feeling in a skin. I work to recategorize painting and drawing as temporal performance, where formal, organic and chance relationships merge to investigate sensory spans in the felt body. I composite simple gestural drawing, painting and sculptural processes into time-based motion, sound and high-definition video projection installation loops. My work reflects a process of metamorphosis in practice and object. Somatic mythologies are examined through the life cycle of the painted body through creation, documentation, destruction and reconfiguration. I am inspired by Didier Anzieu’s Skin Ego, describing skin as the sound, dream and psychic envelope of the body. My training in dance informs movement, where the studio, the picture plane and the digital screen all act as a stage, a portal for formal and visceral energy transmission.
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