Artist Statement

My artworks deconstruct human relations and emotional conditions as they relate within social frameworks of power. I incorporate elements of ethnography, nonlinear storytelling, allegory, and magical realism. The densely-layered narratives are at once both comedic and bizarre. 

Drawing upon my upbringing in the American Southwest, I mine personal history to fuse memory with imagination. These epic pieces present a form of visual storytelling. The bold colors, quirky characters, and whimsical scenes act in contrast to a darker psychological underpinning, creating a disjointed and unsettling reality.

Embracing paradox, my art highlights the subjectivity of meaning-making within human experience. I readily challenge the notion of a single objective truth and question socially formed hierarchies. Rather than replicating the literalism of the physical world, each piece gives voice to a uniquely individualized reality.

Artist Biography

Sam Fein holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College with academic concentrations in the Visual Arts, Spanish, and the Social Sciences. As an undergraduate she studied abroad at universities in Cuba and Argentina.

Her artwork has been exhibited at The American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), and Hillyer Art Space (Washington, D.C.). She has been awarded residencies to the Vermont Studio Center, MASS MoCA, and was the James Rosenquist artist in residence at North Dakota State University.

Prior to graduate school, she spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines and completed ethnographic research on the substance use behavior of high-risk juvenile populations.

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, she lives and works in the Boston area.