Carly Englander is an emerging artist currently living and working in suburban New Jersey. She uses performance, video, and installation to examine human connections in the contemporary world. Englander's work is informed by her own personal experience and those around her. She received her BFA in 2019 from The College of New Jersey. Her work has been presented in New Brunswick, NJ and Brooklyn, New York. Her work, shown at The College of New Jersey Art Gallery, includes her solo show, Familiarity, and LOUD, the BFA Senior Exhibition. Englander has plans to complete her MFA within the coming years. .
My work engages the conversation of togetherness and questions it’s contemporary meaning. Growth, communication, participation, consent, and comfort are themes that navigate throughout my practice and inform the way I make. Highlighting spaces of confrontation and collaboration by drawing from personal experiences, I create frameworks of intimate situations. Through quiet, interstitial moments, I reveal the covered truths of human experience. Whether fictional conditions, tending to a living thing, or invested in a moving image, the direct, or indirect, use of bodies conceptualizes positions of power. With installation, performance, and video, metaphorical occasions of self-reflection envelop the viewer. Interest in the feminine and domesticated guides my practice towards materials normally associated with suburban family life. Normalcy is deteriorated through layers of abject. Within imaginative illustrations of affection are suggestions of mortality and injury. The intimate proximity of these themes are intensified by the body’s engagements within the physical or virtual space. I configure the remains of visceral memories in an effort to elucidate the shared experiences of society.
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