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June Ahrens | junebug62@yahoo.com

Artistically, I transform discarded objects to create a visual language that evokes the experiences of impermanence, loss, fragility and pain, but most of all, healing and survival. This work has evolved from my experiences with the homeless and other marginalized communities.

Whether I use pieces of soap, used pillows, discarded furniture, or eggshells, the tension between self and other is always present. The work is based on an awareness that tactile materials, expecially those with a previous life, can provide a visceral response. It is about isolating these materials to focus the viewer's attention toward exploring and examining their own thoughts and feelings.

I feel I must step out of the comfort zone, out of the walls of my studio where I have some measure of control, to create individual pieces, installations or collaboations that involve other people. I then integrate these fragments, and somehow the imprint of each person, the exchange of feeling, thought and idea, becomes an unseen force in my work.

June Ahrens has a BFA from SUNY at Purchase (Summa Cum Laude). She has received numerous grants and awards.The Connecticut Commission on the Arts selected her for an Individual Artists Grant, and a Distinguished Advocates for the Arts award. She has also received grants from Duracell, Poloroid, and the NEA. Some of her one person shows include, the Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT, Marist College, Poukeepsie, NY, Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT, and Green Street Windows, NY, NY. Selected group shows include: The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, The Katonah Museum, Katonah NY, The UN, New York, NY, and The Neuberger Museum, Purchase NY. Her work is in the colletcion of the Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT, The Contemporary Gallery of Art, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT, and Akus Gallery, Eastern State Connecticut University, Willimantic CT.

Please feel free to contact me directly at junebug62@yahoo.com