SUBVERBAL COLLECTIVE IS AN ARTS COLLECTIVE BASED OUT OF THE RALEIGH/DURHAM AREA OF NORTH CAROLINA. FOUNDED IN 2016 BY SIX VISUAL ARTISTS WHO ARE CURRENT AND RECENT GRADUATES OF UNC'S MFA PROGRAM, SUBVERBAL SEEKS TO PROVIDE A SPACE FOR CRITIQUE, DIALOGUE, AND COMMUNITY.
ERIN CANADY - SECRET ARCHIVIST/DREAMER
Erin's practice is based in drawing with a focus on ephemeral materials and time-based processes. Through different manifestations of what drawing can be (including traditional drawing, installation, and video), her work considers what it means to come to terms with impermanence and how this informs our relationship to the world. Website.
JOY MEYER - RESIDENT FEMINIST/CLAIRVOYANT
As a contemporary artist, Joy Meyer's work interrogates the history of painting to explore ideas about love, sexuality, and gender. Joy’s recent work, “Lavender Mystical” a single-channel video and installation piece, engages with the body as performer. As a feminist response to Jackson Pollock’s famous drip paintings this work is made by flogging paint onto the surface of two canvases. Joy recently graduated from the MFA program at UNC Chapel Hill. Website.
EMILY SMITH - MADAME SECRETARY
Emily Smith’s work investigates themes of memory and loss through visceral forms. Her newest work focuses on the physical body particularly in the dilapidation, decrepitude and fetishization of the human body in the times surrounding death and dying. Emily received her BFA from Appalachian State University and her MFA from UNC Chapel Hill. Website.
LEAH SMITH - CHIEF EDITOR OF VERBAL TRANSMISSIONS
Leah Smith creates sculptural, process-driven explorations of material with reverence for the order in nature, and the place of human beings within it. She is interested in creating forms that exist on the borderline between synthetic and natural, using simple, often labor-intensive and cyclical processes of incremental change done in response to the material at hand. Website.
SYDNEY STEEN - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND RELATIONS
Sydney creates sculptures and paintings that hover in between real and imagined. Inspired by geological formations and expansive landscapes, her work examines how memory and perception shape our definitions of landscape. Sydney graduated from UNC MFA in 2015 and spent the summer research painting and mark-making in Iceland. She currently resides in Durham, NC. Website.
ALLISON TIERNEY - INFORMATION FORAGER/TREASURER
Allison's paintings employ found materials and non-traditional applications of paint to question structure, material integrity, consumerism, D-I-Y, and the throw away culture. Allison is an artist living and working in Chapel Hill, NC. She received her BFA from Winthrop University and her MFA from UNC Chapel Hill where she won the Top Prize for Outstanding MFA Work. Website.