Shana Lutker

Shana LutkerArtist’s Statement

“What does it mean to be a citizen?” Over the past four years, this question often runs through my head in the studio, as I am negotiating the boundaries of the groups that I now belong to – as an American, artist, wife, or Angeleno.

Four years ago, I was very involved and active in the presidential campaign. When the election results came in and my candidate lost, I was at the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas, where I had been helping get people out to vote, and I found myself sitting in front of a slot machine for hours, in total disbelief.

And most likely because of this trauma of November 2004, I have not allowed myself to get as involved in the upcoming election. As it approaches, I get seized with fear. And it is not a coincidence that the work I am making now is composed of these sort of analogies and propositions that circle around the foundations of civilization and politics. There is a certain critical distance in my objects and the performances, an abstraction of our current political climate. I feel simply cannot believe some of the things that are happening in the world.

My work also picks up on this collapse between public and private, and an overlap of the personal and political. I feel constantly challenged by the political climate, as a woman, as an artist, as an Angeleno, and I think that my approach to making work demonstrates this struggle to find one’s voice.



Select Solo Exhibitions

Combined Faulty Acts, Artists’ Space, New York, NY

CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA

Excerpts, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm Sweden

Select Group Exhibitions

3 Rooms, D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY

For Sale, Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal

California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

Happenstance, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, NY

Faith, Champion Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Expertise

Assistant Professor, California State University, Los Angeles

2006 – 2007
Assistant Professor, Chapman University


Durfee Foundation Grant

Hoyt Fellowship


M.F.A., 2005
University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., 2000
Brown University