Joan Mitchell Center

Em Minyard Oppman

New Orleans, LA
Sculpture
Early Art Practitioner AIR
July 1–26
Instagram: @crawbaby_

“My artistic skill of identifying and undoing the invisible but omnipresent structures that shape our reality is a result of my experience as a child in Hurricane Katrina, trying to make sense of watching and experiencing systems seemingly ‘too big to fail’ collapse.”

Em Minyard Oppman is a visual artist from New Orleans who is currently pursuing a BFA in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Shaped by their upbringing, they learned how to discuss ideas as serious as gender taxonomies with playful materials from the simultaneous jubiliance and crushing political commentary present in a Mardi Gras float. Oppman creates sculptures with ant farms, Play Doh, and other unconventional materials that parody the legitimacy and assumed objectivity of science.

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Conversion Therapy with Chromosome Stamp

Conversion Therapy with Chromosome Stamp

2017, homemade play doh, foam, joint compound, paint, 32 x 32 inches

Cheeto Spores

Cheeto Spores

2016, Cheeto dust

Bleeding Tooth

Bleeding Tooth

2015, faux fur, latex balloons, chickenwire, 9 x 10 feet

Bleeding Tooth

Bleeding Tooth

(detail), 2015, faux fur, latex balloons, chickenwire, 9 x 10 feet

Bunny Poles

Bunny Poles

2016, steel, enamel, 30 x 28 x 25 inches

Chromosome Extrusion / Primordial Soup Strainer

Chromosome Extrusion / Primordial Soup Strainer

2016, steel, play doh, felt, tulle, 12 x 12 inches

Teratoma Pouches

Teratoma Pouches

2015, Jello, vinyl, zippers, wax, dimensions vary

Teratoma Pouches

Teratoma Pouches

(detail), 2015, Jello, vinyl, zippers, wax, 13 x 6 inches

Ant Farm

Ant Farm

2017, flocking, acrylic, joint compound, paint, foam, 7 x 9 feet