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“Appalachian Spring” seeks to give agency to the women of Appalachia, from New York to Georgia, and highlight the rich heritage that the region has contributed to American culture, as well as the stereotypes it has perpetuated. Despite its poverty, religious misconceptions, perceived political leanings and propensity to be taken advantage of for its natural resources, Appalachia is filled with a distinction and beauty that is often overlooked.
Ali Printz uses vintage photographs and sculptural fabric to reconstruct the lives of the forgotten women of Appalachia, while combining elements of contemporary issues facing the region that have been constants in her West Virginia upbringing. Miners, snake charmers, weavers, debutants, and shamans; all have a place for women as cornerstones in the whole of the culture. Through the traditions of folk art and craft combined with traditional portraiture and figuration, Printz hopes to reconstruct the importance of women’s roles as caretakers, heroines, and constants that permeates the culture and history of Appalachia.
Ali Printz is a historical figurative painter and curator who splits her time between Brooklyn and Philadelphia. She works with various mediums including oil, acrylic, collage, sewn fabric, as well as technology based mediums. Ali runs a curatorial and artistic collective with artist and fellow Sotheby’s alum Jenna Gard, known as NewYorkKillsArtists, which showcases the work of unrepresented artists by challenging them to make political and social statements. Her most recent projects include “Debtfair,” a piece by Occupy Museums in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, “Appalachian Spring” a traveling solo show, and a number of group shows in 2018-19.
Ali was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia and considers herself an Appalachian artist. She has lived and worked in Spain, Panama, and Washington, D.C, before moving to New York City for graduate school in 2010. She received her BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History from West Virginia University in 2009 and an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in 2012. She is currently pursuing a cross disciplinary PhD in Modern and Contemporary Appalachian Art and Painting at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.