Diana Shpungin’s work encompasses the idea, form, and process of drawing within a highly obsessive conceptual framework. Her drawings, primarily in graphite pencil, denote recollection and disappearance, memory and forgetfulness, mark making and erasure. These ideas are utilized in sculpture and hand drawn animation work that explores loss, mortality, failure and empathy across identity lines.
Shpungin has exhibited extensively in international venues including The Bronx Museum of Art; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Futura Contemporary Art, Prague; Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo; Carrousel du Louvre, Paris; Invisible Exports, New York; Stephan Stoyanov, New York; Marc Straus, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art; and most recently the Drawing Of A House (Triptych) at Site:Lab, Grand Rapids. Shpungin’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art, New York Magazine, Art in America, The New York Times, and Timeout London. Her work was the subject of a recent episode of PBS’s Art Assignment, Object Empathy and was cited in the introduction of Jerry Saltz’s most recent book Seeing out Louder. Born in Latvia’s seaside capital of Riga under Soviet rule, Shpungin immigrated to the US as a small child and settled in New York City. She lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Diana Shpungin, Drawing Of A House (Triptych) - daytime view, 2015. House, graphite pencil and nine-channel hand drawn video animation; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist