Prime Matter in Sweden

International drawing show organized by Christopher Schade, Madlen Herrström, and myself that explores the range of aesthetic approaches within the narrow material parameters of basic drawing, on exhibit at the Teckningsmuseet in Laholm, Sweden.

NYFA Fellowship in Painting

So thrilled and honored to announce that I am a 2015 Fellow in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts!

"Contradictory Patterns and Decorative Illusions"

A fabulous review by Patrick Neal on Hyperallgeric!

Zoe Pettijohn Schade: CROWDS at Kai Matsumiya Gallery

CROWDS (Thursday, March 26th - Saturday, May 9th)


Kai Matsumiya presents Zoe Pettijohn Schade’s solo exhibition “Crowds” at the space and will represent its first pure painting presentation. The verb “crowd” overwhelms and preoccupies, and as a noun, it refers to a large number of things collectively. These works uncover the complex relationships among structural patterning and its disruptions.

The weaving of images that are loaded with associations (monkeys, cotton-candy colored tombstones, feathers, decapitated kings, etc.) creates a dense field of relationships and meanings that are conceptually/historically rich. The images and the structures that organize them explore both the aspirations and the pitfalls of order. Her work is extremely labor intensive, as a painting (16”x22”) requires nearly two months for completion, and is composed of layers of images each of which is invented and executed by hand.

For the past decade the artist has been researching the obscure tradition of French gouache pattern painting for textiles from the 18th and 19th centuries.  This work led to a Fulbright Research Scholars Grant to Paris in 2013, during which she strove to absorb the wild visual invention and genre disrupting approach of these anonymous painters and trained her hand in their language of intricate mark making. As an acknowledgement to her inspiration from this tradition, the show will include nine paintings from the early 1800s, courtesy of the Design Library in Wappingers Falls, NY, the world’s largest collection of design patterns. The exhibition will also present her meticulous studies in the form of drawings.

Reflecting on her work, Pettijohn Schade writes: “I try to achieve maximal density of layers in my paintings, both as a reflection of our experience in an image saturated world, and as a model of the structure of the unconscious. The unconscious is a potent reference for me in that it is a space where images and associations accrete and exert a kind of furtive power, like an elemental force that colors meaning.”

Crowds is scheduled to open on March 26th. (7:00-9:30). Please email or call (617) 678 4440 for more details

Zoe Pettijohn Schade in the New York Times Magazine

Now That’s Old-School

In an art world that encourages hugeness, the painter Zoe Pettijohn Schade emphasizes tiny repeating forms, juxtaposing hungry sharks against the most intricate lace. She takes inspiration, she tells Bomb magazine, from textiles and 18th-century gouache pattern paintings and from echoes of those patterns in present-day life. Then and now, repetition and hidden understructures soothe us as monsters play and “hide in plain sight.”

Interview by Alyssa Fanning on Bomblog

Very excited about this great article!

Mona Bismarck American Center Exhibition, First Floor Salon

Solo Show at the Mona Bismarck Center for American Art and Culture in Paris, runs through May 19th

Fulbright U.S. Research Scholars Grant

I am excited to announce that I have been awarded the 2012-13 Fulbright U.S. Scholars Grant to Paris. It is to continue my drawings of a rare collection of gouache pattern paintings from the 1700s at the Bibliothèque Forney, and make full scale paintings in response. The grant is for six months beginning in February, 2013. I am so thrilled and honored!

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