On Landscape and Memory an Artist Lecture by Samantha Mitchell
Please join us for an artist lecture celebrating “Samantha Mitchell: Land Forms” now on view in the Harrison Gallery.
On Monday, November 6, 2023 at 4:30 PM Philadelphia artist Samantha Mitchell will discuss the experience of creating the works on display in her current solo exhibition “Land Forms” in the Harrison Gallery through December 3, 2023.
Following the lecture, a reception will be held in the Harrison Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.
“Land Forms” consists of works on paper and panel from the past seven years depicting Mitchell’s recollections of landforms she has experienced and documented through a deliberate, meditative buildup of small repetitive marks using ink, watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil.
Central to the artist’s practice is the idea that the process of remembering is a creative act. The gorges, canyons, buttes, and horizons that appear repeatedly in these works are not reproductions of the landscapes that Mitchell has seen, but of the activity of recalling those places.
About Samantha Mitchell
Samantha Mitchell is an artist, writer, and arts educator based in Philadelphia. She was born in New York City and graduated from Oberlin College in 2008. She lived and worked in Illinois, Utah, California, and Oregon before enrolling in the MFA program of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, graduating in 2012.
Aside from her work in the studio, Mitchell is cofounder and director of THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, a publishing and curatorial project that foregrounds work by neurodivergent artists. She is the Lead Curator/Production Manager at the Center for Creative Works, a studio for adults with developmental disabilities. She worked as a managing editor for Title Magazine, a publication devoted to writing on the arts in Philadelphia, for five years, and contributes writings to Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Sculpture Magazine, and Brut Force. Mitchell is a member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, a national collective of artist-run galleries.
Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Gross McCleaf Gallery, Snyderman-Works, Avery Gallery, AUTOMAT, Grizzly Grizzly, Schau Fenster (Berlin) and the International Print Center (NYC), and is part of the permanent collection at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Woodmere Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.