Eugenia Pardue credits art for saving her soul. Born in Los Angeles, Pardue lived in Minnesota, New Orleans and Miami, where she received her BFA. She received her MFA in 1998 from Clemson University.
Pardue's work is concerned with the organization of space, rater than the figure. Using her brush as a tool to carve into her paint, she defines her work as a fusion between painting and sculpture. Her current painting vocabulary addresses the surface of painting, asking the question, 'What is a painting?'
In 2005, Pardue decided to focus solely on the surface of her work, using tonal variants of white, while applying decorative motifs and architectural elements. Today, the tension of her forms and surfaces possess allure, shadow and shape, resonating with ideas of femininity and the natural world.
IMAGE: Eugenia Pardue. Anne of Bohemia, 2007. Acrylic on panel. 36 x 36 in. Singular.