Meet One of the Small Works Project Artists:

Liana Farmer

Liana Farmer is one of thirteen artists selected as a Gallery 263 Small Works Project artist. This project presents artwork in flat files at the gallery and on our website for the duration of one year. All artists are based in Massachusetts. Visit Farmer’ Small Works Project page>>

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a 31 year old Visual Artist and Educator, born, raised, and working in Boston MA. I have a lifelong love for the arts and work to share my passion and create paths of access for future artists.

What kind of art do you make?

In my creative work, I center black women and men. I aim to fill the world with close, intimate pieces of everyday blackness. Primarily through paint, I work in portraiture. With the use of composition or the full removal of facial features, each portrait is shielded from reciprocal gaze.

What concepts does your art explore?

I focus on the dichotomy between recognition and the unknown, mirroring life and commenting on america’s relationship to black people and culture. I love to work with the incomplete picture while providing intimate moments of peace.

Can you tell us about the work you have on view in your flat file drawer at the gallery?

The works provided in Gallery 263 are a compilation of smaller pieces that explore familiar moments within black womxnhood. Themes from sisterhood and mental health to body appreciation and lost love.

Where do you make your work?

I work from my home studio in Boston, MA surrounded with all my favorite comforts – pictures of my daughter’s artwork (if not her directly working beside her) books, and my husband’s records and music equipment.

What historical and contemporary artists inspire you?

I am inspired by Kara Walker, Amy Shepard, Mickalene Thomas, Mark Bradford, Carrie Mae Weems and many more.

When did you decide you wanted to be an artist?

I never decided to be an artist. It wasn’t a choice. The same as breathing isn’t if you want to survive.