It Was The Sound Of Their Feet, 2014
Born in 1986, Aleah Chapin grew up on an island north of Seattle
and has been painting since she was a child. She received her BFA
from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009 and her MFA from the New
York Academy of Art in 2012. Chapin attended a residency at the
Leipzig International Art Programme in Germany and has exhibited
her work in the US, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. She has
been the recipient of several awards including the Posey Foundation
Scholarship, Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and a
Postgraduate Fellowship from the New York Academy of Art. Most
recently she won first place in the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at
the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The subjects in Aleah's current series are women that she has
known since birth. Titled
The Aunties Project,
this work "examines my personal history through the people who have
shaped it. On our bodies is left a map of our journey through life.
The process of painting these women allowed me a glimpse of that
journey and brought me into the present moment of our shared history."
She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY