Photo by Michael Christie Photography.
Zoe Beaudry (b. 1991) is a figurative painter based in Detroit, Michigan. Her practice examines existential questions related to selfhood and individuation, and is informed by fourth-wave feminism, contemporary mysticism, and philosophy of mind.
Zoe completed her BA at Kalamazoo College in 2014 and received her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2018. Her work has been included in exhibitions across the US at locations including Chicago City Hall, ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and SCOPE Miami; as well as internationally at venues such as Mall Galleries and Piano Nobile Kings Place in London.
In 2018, Zoe was featured on the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year reality show filmed in London, before returning to the US. She has since undertaken residencies at Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India (2019) and The Forge in Detroit (2020), and presented solo exhibitions at ARC Gallery in Chicago (2022) and Playground Detroit (2023).
"Combining figuration with surreal elements, my painting practice examines the relationship between the self, the physical body, and the metaphysical body in a contemporary context. I’m interested in the ways that embodied existence causes people to crave ‘connectedness’ while simultaneously striving for individuation. I aim to recreate that tension in my work.
While online avatars and selfies allow for new forms of existential expression, raw corporeal existence is an unavoidable experience that demands consideration and care. I emphasize embodied presence as necessary for self-knowledge and empathy, and represent the body as a potential site for revolution."