Ser Serpas b. 1995


Ser Serpas (b. 1995, Los Angeles, CA, USA, lives and works in Paris)

Primarily interested in death and legacy, her work is preoccupied with its own urgency in the face of fossilization. At the present, she’s taken to sequestering the mundane while freely quoting art history in its full depth, paying little heed to the latter.

Ser Serpa works take the from of unstable assemblages of found objects, in which painting, sculpture, drawing, and texts bring together personal memories and traces of everyday life. She mashes bits of her life, both real and imagined, into anti portraits, some of which she deems fit to share within the contexts of exhibitions and performances. Precarious assemblages of disparate objects found in the street, which bear the mark of their uses, constitute her most well known series to date. More recently she has taken to using photos shot on her iPhone during college as source material for intimate views on unstretched canvas, wood panel and paper. 

The unique way she reframes the body in tension, in both her sculptural and text based installations which distort components of our shared architecture, carries into her atypically cropped portions of stolen archetypal intimacy.

In all, the work evokes a sense of gravitas and playfulness, one in the same with that which she hopes to communicate on the interpersonal level. Serpas has had solo shows at Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Colllection, Paris; Swiss Institute, New York; LUMA Foundation,Zurich, Ludlow 38 in New York among others. She took part in the 2020 Made in LA biennial at the Hammer Museum and the Huntington. She was featured in shows at Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Istituto Svizzero, Rome; Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva; City Salts, Basel; Pinault Collection; Punta Della Dogana, Venice; Swiss Institute, New York amont many others.