Biography & Statement
Adrianna Speer is a visual artist and educator living in Youngsville, Louisiana. She received her BFA from Louisiana State University in Painting and Drawing and her MFA from Louisiana Tech University in Studio Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally in venues including Site: Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY, Verum Ultimum Gallery in Portland, OR, Las Lagunas Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and Jag Gallery in Key West, FL. She has attended national and international residency programs such as Taleamor Park in Indiana, Burren College of Art in Ireland, and Atelier de la Rose in France.
Recent awards, exhibitions, and publications include Art Show International's Finalist Award, Tubac Center of the Arts Merit Award, Indianapolis Art Center's Throughlines: Contemporary Drawing in IN, Gallery One's Undomesticated in WA, Dab Arts Co.'s QUARTERLY Winter 2023 Issue, and Gallerium's 2022 The Book of Arts: Extinction. She and her collaborator and partner, Jacob Newton, were awarded the 2024 Denis Diderot and Emerging Artist grants to attend the Château d'Orquevaux Artists & Writers Residency in France. Speer is a foundations and visual arts faculty member of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and South Louisiana Community College.
I am interested in identity, mood, and a sense of place. My process involves investigating images and events of both the past and the present via photographs, relics of the mundane, and memories. I combine different subjects, media, and timelines into singular images, simultaneously hiding and revealing narratives. The convergence of the past and present creates a self-reflexive moment capable of collapsing time into a state of in-betweenness that examines the complexities of the human condition and existentialism. My goal is to balance jarring and harmonious mixed-media images to evoke sentimentality, mischievousness, and satire.