Banning was born in 1973 in Hengelo, Overijssel, The Netherlands.
In 1998 she graduated from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Academy of
Art) in Arnhem, The Netherlands with a BFA in photography and printmaking.
She lives and works in Houston,
Texas since 2000.
award-winning work is very experimental. She
does predominantly self-portraits in
which she impersonates someone else; like in the "La Belle Dame Sans Merci” series, the
"Pele, Goddess of the Volcano” series and most recently her “Lolita”
series. Among other things, she
explores the unlimited possibilities of using her camera in combination with
movement. A crucial element in her
process is her habit of fueling herself by listening to
her favorite music (Tori Amos, Bjork, Alanis Morissette among others) while
shooting pictures. She dances, sings and bathes herself in waves of sound that
take her to her creative source.
Or as noted art critic and Professor of Art History W. Jackson Rushing
III states in an essay about Banning’s work: “…she distills and
presents to her audience what another Dutch artist, Willem De Kooning, called
“frozen glimpses” of singular moments where cognition and pure sensation
commingle and the self sings its private, unfettered song of desire.”
Banning's work has been featured in many exhibitions in Houston, elsewhere in the US and internationally. Jurors and curators who have selected her photos for exhibitions include: Dan Cameron, Andrea Karnes, Gus & Sharon Kopriva, Dominic Molon, Marysol Nieves (who awarded her First Prize in a national exhibition.), James Rondeau, Jackson Rushing and Clint Willour. Bannings work is in the permanent collection of the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi. Recently curator Gus Kopriva included her work in “Amistad; Texas Art in Peru”, that opened at the Museo de la Nación in Lima, Peru and subsequently traveled to the new Modern Art Museum in Trujillo, Peru. During the upcoming Fotofest (Spring 2008) Banning’s work will be part of no less than three group shows; a small group exhibit at “New Gallery – Thom Andriola” featuring David Levinthal among others. Another show will be held at “Texas Collaborative Arts Nauhaus Gallery”; the other two artists will be Allison Hunter and Elinor Carucci. The third show is a big group show at the Meridian.
This page was last updated on 12/10/07.
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