Langdon Graves (b. 1979) received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from Parsons in New York City in 2007. She has had solo shows in Richmond, New York, Tampa and Boston, and has participated in group shows throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. She has attended the Fountainhead Residency in Miami and participated in The Netherlands’ Kunstenaarsinitiatief Residency and Exhibition program in 2011. In the fall of 2016, The Baum Gallery of the University of Central Arkansas will hold a career survey of Graves' work in conjunction with an intensive 2-week residency and program of lectures by the artist. She is a recent recipient of Canson and Beautiful Decay’s Wet Paint Grant.
Her recent work is a continuation of her exploration of the paradox “Spooky action at a distance”– Albert Einstein’s reaction to the curious phenomenon of quantum entanglement. It has been claimed by both science and occultists, and interpreted by the latter, as a suggestion that not all aspects of life (and death) are visible or knowable.
The current series of works take as their starting point scenes from first-hand accounts of ghost stories told by the artist’s grandmother, as illustrated by her childhood imagination and memory of them. They speak in a blend of domestic fragments from her grandmother’s home, and imagery borrowed from a variety of traditions and rituals involving death and the afterlife, including the spiritualist practices of séance and spirit communication; funereal objects; and ancient symbols of death and rebirth. Building on Graves’ formal tendency to insert negative space throughout her subject matter, these images and objects are incomplete and removed from their context, and so approximate the inevitable clouding of memory; they offer stand-ins of the familiar and impressions rather than distinct representations.