The Girl and the Shedding Fox

by Lisa Sanders and Sandra Hunter

June 7th – June 29th, 2019, Barbara Conrad Gallery

Artist and Writer Talk TBD

Collaborative hybrid installation of visual artworks around a narrative.

The Fox lives in a small shed where she is isolated and hated by the villagers who blame her for the drought. Meanwhile, the Fox is losing her fur and skin. It is a long and painful process and she is driven to the brink of desperation when she is visited by the Girl who becomes her ally, and saves her when the villagers burn the shed.

The narrative is recorded on a downloadable phone app that people can listen to as they move through the installation. Writer, Sandra Hunter and fine artist, Lisa Sanders.

This project began in 2015 when Lisa sent Sandra a painting of a furry creature with ears and sad eyes. She had painted it on Japanese paper that looked like the creature was shedding. Thus, the tale of the Girl and the Shedding Fox was born! Sandra sent a few lines of prose back to Lisa and for the next year and a half they exchanged prose and artwork as the narrative grew.

In January 2017, they decided to work together at Centrum, an artists’ residency in Port Townsend, Washington, to develop the project more fully. Sandra completed the draft narrative and Lisa began work on the sculptures and figures.

Both of them wanted to use layers and texture to develop the project. As Lisa’s art grew, Sandra responded to her work by adding, subtracting and deepening the narrative, and vice versa.

Lisa Sanders: Solo Exhibitions 2016 Lisa Sanders: Incurvature, Gateway Projects First Floor Gallery, Newark, NJ 2014 Lisa Sanders: Animations, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY 2013 Lisa Sanders Sculpture: Shadows, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY 2011 Lisa Sanders: Wall to Floor, The Box Gallery, Galesburg, IL Group Exhibitions 2018 Between Stitches, Kirschman gallery, NOCCA, New Orleans Approaching Vibrancy, 14 Maple gallery, Morristown, NJ 2017 Viewpoints, Aljira Gallery, Newark NJ 2016 Alumni Exhibition, The New York Studio School, New York, NY Viewpoints, Aljira Gallery, Newark NJ New Jersey State Council On The Arts Fellowship Exhibition, Monmouth University, West Long Branch NJ 2014 Prologue: Epilogue, Gateway 2 Center, Newark, NJ Art In Nature a collaboration of Greenwood Gardens and Studio Montclair, Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills, NJ 2013 1 year Anniversary Exhibition, Reverol & Co., New Rochelle, NY Alumni Exhibition, The New York Studio School, New York, NY Governors Island Art fair, New York, NY 3x3d Leo Anker, Lisa Sanders, Gregory Whyte recent sculpture and works on paper. Gallery 212, Brooklyn, NY 2012 Vytlacil AIR Alumni Show, Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery, Sparkill, NY Nexus NJ, The Arts Guild of New Jersey, Rahway, NJ Alumni Exhibition, The New York Studio School, New York, NY

Sandra Hunter: Education MFA Creative Writing, San Francisco State University 1992-1997 Dip. TEFL, Colchester College, Cambridge, UK 1985 B.A. (Hons) English Lit and Classical Studies, Hull University UK 1978-1982 AWARDS* 2017 Leapfrog Press Contest, short story collection, winner 2017 Katherine Anne Porter Prize, 2nd place 2016 New England Book Festival, hon mention 2016 Bridport Prize, short list 2016 The Cupboard Pamphlet Competition, finalist 2016 Curt Johnson Prose Award, finalist 2016 Gold Line Press Chapbook Competition 2015 Lascaux Prize, semi-finalist 2015 Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize, short story collection, semi-finalist 2014 Tucson Book Festival, Literary Awards, finalist 2014 Africa Book Club, winner 2014 Nelson Algren Short Story Contest, finalist 2014 H.E. Francis Short Story Competition, winner PUBLICATIONS Novels/collections 2018 Leapfrog Press, short story collection, Trip Wires 2016 Gold Line Press, fiction chapbook, Small Change 2014 OneWorld Publications, Losing Touch, a novel Glimmer Train, Bulletin, Tin House Interview, The California Chapter of Women Writers Short stories* 2017 Nimrod International Enizagam december magazine 2016 Stories on Stage 2015 Mud Season Review 2014 Africa Book Club Chicago Tribune Turk’s Head Review H.E. Francis Short Story Competition Tin House 2013 Nimrod International Journal Carve Magazine. Cobalt Review