Adriane Herman

Wreckage Salad (Heavy Bed)
21.5 x 28 monotype, 2016


I explore cycles of accumulation and release in our physical and emotional landscapes. Each monotype in my “Wreckage Salad” series is a unique impression transferred from an ephemeral arrangement of hand-colored shapes representing material found in my local municipal wood pile in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Once a wide range of such “fixings” are colored — on both sides to allow random scattering — and cut, I compose each print by combining a “pinch of this” with a “dash of that,” a process that feels distinctly culinary. I have been photographing this communal/collaborative woodpile on a regular basis since June of 2014, when I found this compost pile of human life particularly resonant with my interior landscape at a time of change and loss. Testaments to tidal cycles of accumulation and release, these intimate yet anonymous heaps of barely controlled chaos materially manifest: expansion, destruction, renovation, aspiration, collaboration, failure, labor, entropy, and the inexorable march from birth to death, with (if we’re lucky) many trips to the dump or curb in between.


Adriane Herman (MFA University of Wisconsin-Madison) has had solo exhibitions at Adam Baumgold Gallery (NY), Western Exhibitions (Chicago), Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, and Rose Contemporary (Portland, Maine). Group exhibition venues include The Dalarnas Museum (Sweden); Portland Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum; Chapel Street Gallery at Yale University; The Ulrich Museum of Art and International Print Center New York. Her work is in collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; The Progressive Corporation; The Walker Art Center; Hallmark Cards; The Ulrich Museum, and Sprint, Inc., and been written about in: The New Yorker; Art on Paper; Art in Print;; The Kansas City Star; and New Art Examiner, A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking; Printmaking at the Edge; and Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall. She has lectured at over 50 institutions and undertaken residencies in Nova Scotia; India; Mexico, and Kansas City. Herman explores content in context with students at Maine College of Art, where she is Professor of the MFA in Studio Art. Her recent solo exhibition “Out of Sorts,” at SPEEDWELL Projects received ecomaine’s 2018 eco-Excellence award.