Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Jeanne Dunning's work in photography and video investigates the body and its physical boundaries as a metaphor for psychological transgression. She initiates simple interventions with the body that blur the distinction of interior and exterior self. The body becomes landscape, food repository and corporal layering of flesh and fluids. Both viscerally and conceptually tuned, Dunning's work manages to sustain the tension between the sensual and the grotesque, underlining the ambivalent relationship we all have to our own vulnerable physicality. Prodding misplaced notions of identity, individuality and sexuality, Dunning's work has held singular focus on blurring the fragile line between what we think we know and what ultimately lies beyond our control.
Dunning has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums worldwide. Her work is represented in several public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Art of Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. The Dia Center for The Arts commissioned an award winning web project in 2002.