Constance Pierce received an MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD. Over past few decades the artist has exhibited her work regionally, nationally, in Europe and most recently in Japan. Her sketchbooks were twice exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C. Her monotypes and drawings are in the collection of this museum, as well as the Smithsonian Archives of American Art (DC), the National Gallery of Art Rare Book Library (DC), the Yale Center for British Art sketchbook archives (CT), the Georgetown University Special Collections (DC), the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion (DC) etc. and numerous private collections.
Artist’s statement: My work engages allegorical themes such as pilgrimage, lamentation, absolution and rebirth. Such themes reveal to me the ancient archetypes reborn in our culture of dissonance and division. These narratives, in all of their mythic and consuming drama, play out metaphorically in our global media daily.
My work often bears witness to the dispossessed and afflicted within our midst. I would like my images to disrupt complacency and bestir compassion. However, I also attempt to express the transcendent aspects of life, especially those liminal experiences wherein we are entrained by a grace beyond ordinary perception. Through expressions both intimate and expansive—emanating from both darkness and light—our art informs our humanity and may seed an interior metamorphosis.