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Born in Beaufort South Carolina, she grew up in Salt Point, New York and attended Boston University on a Dean’s Scholarship earning her BFA in Painting. After graduating from Yale University with her MFA in Painting/ Printmaking in 2003 she was awarded the Alice Kimball English travel grant enabling a research tour throughout Europe.
Fraleigh then moved to Houston, TX where she began a 2-year fellowship at the esteemed CORE Artist-in-Residence program through the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Before coming to teach Drawing and Painting full time at Moravian College Angela was teaching at Rice University and The Glassell School of Art in Houston, TX.As head of the Studio Program she has restructured and streamlined curriculum, standardized course content in foundation level courses, created capstone courses in contemporary studio practices and thesis development for upper level majors and, in collaboration with her colleagues, has initiated greater opportunities for interdisciplinary dialogue, exhibitions and community. Because of these changes there is striking improvement in students’ formal development, conceptual understanding of the material, and critical discourse.
Fraleigh has exhibited widely at numerous venues including P.P.O.W Gallery, NY, NY, Inman Gallery Houston, TX, Massimo Audiello Gallery, NY, NY the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX. She has been nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany grant, and has participated in several international artist-in-residence programs. Her work has been written about by Ken Johnson of the NYTimes, Claire Barliant of Artforum and Modern Painters, Michelle White Associate Curator at the Menil Collection, and Elizabeth Dunbar. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
|"as far as my eyes could see"|
In my current body of work each image serves as a character for a larger narrative; scraps of a past that I personally have little knowledge of. As a small child we lived in a trailer, we had a pet raccoon, my biological father had long blond hair, they grew up in the swamps of South Carolina, and smoked a lot of pot.
However, this work is less about a personal narrative but rather a jumping off point to consider how one constructs narratives and how personal and collective stories are concocted and conceived. It examines how fantasy lives often swirl up around the smallest of ideas, gaining force and power the more you ponder them, until they birth a life of their own, separate and unearthed from the “reality” that was just a flash in time. My work twists and exploits notions of nostalgia for a lost youth, when everything was seemingly possible, and a longing for an idealism somehow unmarred by defeat and failure. This lingering desire to hold sweet and superficial ideals collides with an unraveling discomfort and dissolution. There is an attempt to freeze the past, yet the future continues to creep in, distorting and disturbing the vision.
This work is a continuation of paintings that experiment with a range of narrative structures. Characters are created who attempt to move beyond victim-hood, trauma, and helplessness to a continually evolving “now.” Internal vs. external lives are merged and the past, present, and future slide and slip, creating blanks and hollows. It is in this space between where meaning is formed.