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Bolt Residency

Roni Packer

Roni Packer, "Yellow Nomenclature" (detail), 2017  [from left to right: Yellow Wall, 2017, fluid Hansa yellow light acrylic and 3” brush, 10' x 35.5' || Untitled #1, #2, #3, #4, 2017, oil paint and mixed media on canvas, 60"x 32", 60”x 30", 60”x 32”, 60” x 30” || Right Corner, Pink #1, Left Corner, 2016, oil and house paint on canvas, 60"x 31", 60”x 31”, 60”x 31”]
Roni Packer, "Yellow Nomenclature" (detail), 2017 [from left to right: Yellow Wall, 2017, fluid Hansa yellow light acrylic and 3” brush, 10' x 35.5' || Untitled #1, #2, #3, #4, 2017, oil paint and mixed media on canvas, 60"x 32", 60”x 30", 60”x 32”, 60” x 30” || Right Corner, Pink #1, Left Corner, 2016, oil and house paint on canvas, 60"x 31", 60”x 31”, 60”x 31”]

Oscillating between grounded structures and floating canvases, Roni Packer doubts any optimal point of view, and seeks orientation beyond her cultural roots.

Her work traces the complex relation between painting, memory, and space. In order to get closer to the physicality of the surface, tearing, flipping, gouging, and re-weaving comprise the spectrum of her actions. Within these operations, Packer resists taking painting's materiality for granted; she remembers and forgets by engaging with the paint and the transformation of her materials. In an attempt to touch upon a spatial memory, through color, she creates nomadic spaces that desperately ask to be grounded.

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Packer received a BFA from Tel-Hai College, as well as, a BA in Humanities from The Open University. In 2017, she received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Resident year: 
2017-2018
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident