Welcome to the Fine Art pages of Ingrid Shults, Creative Director of Lab 238. The following pages will take you through my more contemporary works as an installation artist, as well as my training as a painter and a portraitist. My primary research focus has revolved around the role of the body in the landscape. You can view this investigation as it relates to new media, drawing, painting, and encaustics.
Working from the concept that the body and the surrounding environment all share similar elements, my installations, objects, and video works provide a space in which the viewer can enter a psychophysiological place - the mind of the body and of the landscape. This space, which includes both the cognitive and the experiential, merges with the phenomenological process of art making – opening the door to a place of flux and exchange between the viewer and the work.
The majority of these works represent a foundation for my more critical and conceptual works. Body as related to my work is defined as both Earth landscape as well as the physical human form. Sharing common elements such as skin, overall structure, and interior systems with the Earth landscape, the lived body becomes a system that is constantly in motion, as opposed to a static, fixed, or singular entity. This hybrid system of unrest references the process of art creation – relying on a multiple layered movement between the cognitive and the physical form. Both cognition and the physicality of the work/body create a symbiotic relationship which manifests itself in the experience of the work – much as a sense of being is realized through the experience of the lived.
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