Wilson Minshall is an intermedia artist from Little Rock, Arkansas, and recently received their MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Missouri in Columbia. They received their BFA in Painting and Drawing from Memphis College of Art in 2018. Their work begins with drawing and uses elements of collage to span varying media such as painting, printmaking, weaving, video and sound installation. Minshall curated the NIXED_INDEX art exhibition in the University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham gallery in 2019 (Columbia, MO), and has performed sound pieces at the Marshall Arts Gallery (Memphis, TN) in 2018 and Cafe Berlin (Columbia, MO) in 2019. They have exhibited their work at the Marshall Arts Gallery in Memphis, TN (2017), the Serial Box Gallery in Columbia, MO (2018), the Hanger Gallery in Kansas City, MO (2019) and the St Charles Community college in St. Charles, MO (2020).
Wilson Minshall’s work traces the fluidity of memory and identity and their possibilities of being materially altered in translation from personal to public contexts. Acknowledging the failure of surfaces to hold the weight of the realities they depict, Wilson takes intermedia approaches in image making, sound art and installation to sample personal observations, found ephemera and digital imagery as a way to evoke physical responses to obscured and censored histories. This search for presence stands as a metaphor for their navigation of queer identity in a social landscape structured on binaries: an existence of constant withholding, code-switching and transition.