I utilize animals to examine human emotions and conditions through visual metaphors. The animals are not fixed in time or to specific experiences. In order to make the work more universal, I create nonspecific hybrid animals that are not portraits. I omit or conceal the eyes as a way to make the animals mute and to further the ambiguity of each creature. Expressions of distress and despair exist side-by-side with qualities of being well loved and had lived well. Existing in this elusiveness creates tension and uncertainty. What is clear is that the emotionally burdened animals are tender, innocent survivors of exploitation and alteration with no clear past, present or future. It is through my work that I suggest violence and vulnerability isn’t out in some far-off war zone, but rather it is at the heart of our emotional lives’ chaos and disorder.
Undine Brod grew up in a trifecta of cities: Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York City. She earned a Masters of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University in 2011 and both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Washington in 1998. Undine also studied at New York University and at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In addition to exhibiting in the United States and internationally, she has participated in many artist residencies including the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary; the Women’s Studio Workshop in New York; and in the Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan. Undine has received several honors, grants, and awards in recognition for and in support of her work including the New York Art Sprinter’s 2015 Emerging Jewish Artist Award and a 2015 NCECA International Residency Grant. Although her main focus is developing and exhibiting her own artwork, she has co-curated several exhibitions nationally, worked as an art installer at museums and galleries, given lectures and presented on her work at a variety of venues, and co-directed a gallery in New York City. Currently, her home and studio are located in Rhinebeck, New York.