Shana Moulton

Shana Moulton

The Undiscovered Drawer

October 3, 2017 – November 5, 2017

Shana Moulton is a chameleon. She is her surreal character, Cynthia, and Cynthia is her. Moulton grew up in a senior mobile home park in Northern California surrounded by those living and accepting and fighting ageing. This demographic will buy any product with the promise of betterment. They are hypochondriacs who self-medicate with new age spirituality.

We see many of these therapeutic products in The Undiscovered Drawer, 2013, as Moulton’s other half explores a cabinet that at first appears small in stature, but drawers conceal other drawers, opening up worlds within worlds within worlds. There are many secret compartments just for our hero, places for her to hide away her hopes and fears, dreams of a fantastical bygone era where she once had strength to unabashedly be who she is. A drawer within a draw unfolds to reveal an ergonomic keyboard, which Cynthia calmly, but full of skill drums a Coldplay instrumental with a set of roller facial massager tools, meant to remove double chins. She completes another of self-care which results in another and another adventure. Each of these keys are an invitation to somewhere else, to put on a disguise, be yourself and someone else simultaneously. The fantasy is not outside, but the idea of outside. An awareness and desire to flounce freely, to bask in the glory of the sun, and remain in that small sliver of utopia until it’s time to return home.  

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris.


Shana Moulton

Shana Moulton (b. 1976, Oakhurst, CA) lives and works in New York. She earned a BFA from University of California, Berkeley (1999), an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University (2004) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2004) and De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2006). Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at NICC, Brussels (2017), the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2015), The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2010), and Art in General, New York (2009), and in group exhibitions at Göteborg Konsthall, Sweden (2017), White Cube Bermondsey, London (2017), The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014), ICA London (2012), Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China (2011), P.S.1, New York (2010), and Oakville Galleries, Toronto (2010), among many others. She has performed at the New Museum, New York (2011); The Kitchen, New York (2010); Exit Art, New York (2010); Performa 09, New York (2009); Diverseworks, Houston (2008); Electronic Arts Intermix, New York (2007); and De Appel, Amsterdam (2006). She has been an artist-in-resident at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2011) and Harvestworks, New York (2008), and has received grants and fellowships from Harvestworks (2010), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2009), and the Experimental Television Center (2009).


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