Combining figuration with surreal elements, my painting practice closely 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, often using the visual languages of photography, screens, browser windows, and digital effects to imply nested existences or an illusory reality.
While online avatars and selfies allow for new forms of existential expression, raw corporeal existence is an unavoidable experience that demands consideration and care. Inspired by the teachings and mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, I emphasize embodied presence as necessary for self-knowledge and empathy, and represent the body as a potential site for revolution.
Zoe Beaudry (b. 1991) lives and works in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her BA at Kalamazoo College in 2014 and obtained her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2018.
Zoe's work has been included in exhibitions throughout the Midwest and internationally in the UK, Israel, and Australia, at venues including The Zhou B Art Center (Chicago), Chicago City Hall, Mall Galleries (London), and The Glue Factory (Glasgow). She has traveled extensively and held workshops for youth in Tulkarem, Palestine, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2018, she was featured briefly on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year reality show filmed in London. Most recently, Zoe has undertaken residencies at Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India and The Forge in Detroit.
In 2022 Zoe was selected as an Artist Fellow with Playground Detroit’s Emerging Artists Fellowship, and will present her first solo exhibition in Chicago at ARC Gallery.