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Carmen Hermo: Art that entangles the sublime with the everyday


Carmen Hermo works as the Associate Curator for the Elizabeth A Sackler Center for Feminist Art. For her curation with SHOWFIELDS, she has selected a group of artists who have expansive practices and whose work explores the connection between the personal and the political, our history with our present moment, and the sublime with our everyday

What are your parameters for artist selection?

I essentially imagined an exhibition-like showcase of artists whose work can enhance your surroundings and your mind, by inspiring a shift in perspective through attention to new histories, revealed realities, and literally stunning details. All of the selected artists bring forward an exciting, completely individual insight through their artworks in various media, and though many of the works are tactile and pleasing to the eye, they contain the artist's generous and challenging meaning and intentions. I wanted to highlight artists who are really pushing contemporary art forward.

What kind of artwork is relevant to our generation and the times we are living?

These days, we hear a lot about how certain ideas or narratives are important "now more than ever"-- but that's misleading. Mainstream conversations about justice, representation, and feminism often follow years after the essential paths forged by artists and activists. It's exciting that the mainstream is catching up to these trailblazers! The artists I selected are all trailblazers, in their own ways.

Tell us about this curation for SHOWFIELDS: conceptually, aesthetically, etc.?

I was inspired, as I always am, by the creativity of artists whose work entangles the sublime with the everyday, the personal with the political, and history with our present moment. Representing an array of material, conceptual, and personal approaches, the artists I selected have expansive practices, and the SHOWFIELDS platform allows for direct support for their work and ideas. As someone who is lucky enough to be surrounded by art at work, I feel that living with art is just as important-- allowing it to become a part of your everyday life, as a prompt for introspection, outward action, or to bring beauty into the space you make for yourself and others.

What is your advice for art lovers and appreciators looking to start their own art collections?

Artists and art are an essential part of our everyday ecosystems. It's essential to support artists to support society-- and that can absolutely look like amassing a slow and steady collection of artworks for your home over the years, or researching before buying a whole suite of artworks for a new home. Looking at Showfields and the artists they spotlight, this support can happen on a sliding scale of what is affordable for you: consider supporting artists as part of your annual budget; or collecting affordable and intimate artist books and zines. If you ask me, there is no "splurge" more fulfilling than an artist's work that will inspire reflection and joy for years to come, and exist in conversation with other artworks and memories in your home.

Seek out artists with ideas that resonate in your life, with themes, patterns, or stories that make you think differently, or just take a pause from thinking.


Tell us about this curation for SHOWFIELDS: conceptually, aesthetically, etc.?

I was inspired, as I always am, by the creativity of artists whose work entangles the sublime with the everyday, the personal with the political, and history with our present moment. Representing an array of material, conceptual, and personal approaches, the artists I selected have expansive practices, and the SHOWFIELDS platform allows for direct support for their work and ideas. As someone who is lucky enough to be surrounded by art at work, I feel that living with art is just as important-- allowing it to become a part of your everyday life, as a prompt for introspection, outward action, or to bring beauty into the space you make for yourself and others.

Untitled (self portrait under COVID 19 quarantine with straightened hair ponytail that doubles as a mask) - SHOWFIELDS
Untitled (self portrait under COVID 19 quarantine with straightened hair ponytail that doubles as a mask) - SHOWFIELDS

Untitled (self portrait under COVID 19 quarantine with straightened hair ponytail that doubles as a mask)

$900.00
Untitled (self portrait under COVID 19 quarantine reflecting on my time as a graduate) - SHOWFIELDS
Untitled (self portrait under COVID 19 quarantine reflecting on my time as a graduate) - SHOWFIELDS

Untitled (self portrait under COVID 19 quarantine reflecting on my time as a graduate)

$900.00
And in the same breath... - SHOWFIELDS
And in the same breath... - SHOWFIELDS

And in the same breath...

$600.00
A Strange Birth - SHOWFIELDS
A Strange Birth - SHOWFIELDS

A Strange Birth

$875.00
Escape from Intolerable Leisure - SHOWFIELDS
Escape from Intolerable Leisure - SHOWFIELDS

Escape from Intolerable Leisure

$650.00
Balancing Universes - SHOWFIELDS
Balancing Universes - SHOWFIELDS

Balancing Universes

$650.00
Neowise - SHOWFIELDS
Neowise - SHOWFIELDS

Neowise

$350.00
Stop - SHOWFIELDS
Stop - SHOWFIELDS

Stop

$1,500.00
Self Portrait - SHOWFIELDS
Self Portrait - SHOWFIELDS
Self Portrait - SHOWFIELDS

Self Portrait

$1,500.00
Break The Cycle - SHOWFIELDS
Break The Cycle - SHOWFIELDS

Break The Cycle

$600.00
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS

Breadfruit

$370.00
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS

Breadfruit

$370.00
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS
Breadfruit - SHOWFIELDS

Breadfruit

$370.00
A Toda Madre - SHOWFIELDS
A Toda Madre - SHOWFIELDS

A Toda Madre

$850.00
R.I.P. Homeboyz - SHOWFIELDS
R.I.P. Homeboyz - SHOWFIELDS

R.I.P. Homeboyz

$1,000.00
Hija, Hermana, Madre - SHOWFIELDS
Hija, Hermana, Madre - SHOWFIELDS

Hija, Hermana, Madre

$1,200.00
Nekü: Hair is Apolitical #14 - SHOWFIELDS
Nekü: Hair is Apolitical #14 - SHOWFIELDS

Nekü: Hair is Apolitical #14

$550.00
Crybaby Bowl - SHOWFIELDS
Crybaby Bowl - SHOWFIELDS
Crybaby Bowl - SHOWFIELDS
Crybaby Bowl - SHOWFIELDS

Crybaby Bowl

$45.00
Peachy Snake Planter - SHOWFIELDS
Peachy Snake Planter - SHOWFIELDS
Peachy Snake Planter - SHOWFIELDS
Peachy Snake Planter - SHOWFIELDS
Peachy Snake Planter - SHOWFIELDS

Peachy Snake Planter

$135.00
Overflow Mug - SHOWFIELDS
Overflow Mug - SHOWFIELDS
Overflow Mug - SHOWFIELDS
Overflow Mug - SHOWFIELDS

Overflow Mug

$48.00
Hat and Frame Plate Set - SHOWFIELDS
Hat and Frame Plate Set - SHOWFIELDS

Hat and Frame Plate Set

$120.00
Cake Plate Set - SHOWFIELDS
Cake Plate Set - SHOWFIELDS

Cake Plate Set

$120.00
You Died Screaming (Pierced) - SHOWFIELDS
You Died Screaming (Pierced) - SHOWFIELDS

You Died Screaming (Pierced)

$550.00
White Privilege Kills - SHOWFIELDS
White Privilege Kills - SHOWFIELDS

White Privilege Kills

$40.00
Cup Bearer - SHOWFIELDS
Cup Bearer - SHOWFIELDS

Cup Bearer

$400.00
Creatrix - SHOWFIELDS
Creatrix - SHOWFIELDS

Creatrix

$400.00
Inversion - SHOWFIELDS
Inversion - SHOWFIELDS

Inversion

$400.00
Queer Angel Spiral - SHOWFIELDS
Queer Angel Spiral - SHOWFIELDS

Queer Angel Spiral

$450.00
Color Shift Moonlight - SHOWFIELDS
Color Shift Moonlight - SHOWFIELDS

Color Shift Moonlight

$500.00
Flowers for Immigration — Nancy Arrangement - SHOWFIELDS
Flowers for Immigration — Nancy Arrangement - SHOWFIELDS

Flowers for Immigration — Nancy Arrangement

$950.00
$200 From.. To... -With Love #28 - SHOWFIELDS
$200 From.. To... -With Love #28 - SHOWFIELDS

$200 From.. To... -With Love #28

$500.00