Connect
To Top

Meet Paula Henderson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paula Henderson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you, your work and your story.
Over time my work variously represents my interest in our social unity through an exploration of the perceptions that continue to keep us apart. By probing systems of representation in both abstract and figurative paintings I have tried to make works that stand on their own formally, as well as become opportunities for reflection. In figurative works, I continue to address distorted representations of women that are ubiquitous in the commercial media as powerful shapers of our sense of worth.

By contrast, in the series Groundwork(s), I make the patterns left on ground surfaces from our movement the basis of abstract compositions that acknowledge the beauty of formal elements of color, line, and composition while simultaneously working beyond those formal elements to connect to thoughts of our shared space, our collectivity and more.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced?
I think my biggest challenge is to fashion the balance between formal aesthetics and meaning, allowing both to work together without one overwhelming the other. The other common challenge is to capture the time required for making the work and growing opportunities for exposure and maintaining a part-time teaching position at the School of the Art Institute.

We’d love to hear more about your practice.
My painting practice has for years now focused on social issues This has led me to explore the status quo regarding how systems of representation inform our views of ourselves and one another.

This interest has led me to probe the underlying agency of census and other urban mapping in their presentation of social disparities.

It has led me to examine and appropriate the contours of professional athletes and fashion models from the pages of newspapers and magazines to make compositions that speak to the determinative nature of these commercial enterprises that continue to limit our human potential beyond our commercial value.

My teaching of art history additionally influences my most recent paintings which have become more abstract as a strategy that blends both my interest in mid-century modern abstraction and social challenges.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Groundwork(s) series

Getting in touch: VoyageChicago is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

2 Comments

  1. Anna Resendiz

    January 12, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I love them all…the abstract shapes and your choice of colors. I’d love to learn about your mdiums and techniques. I’m fascinated!

    • Gregory

      January 26, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      Beautiful in so many levels. I applaud you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in