Shir Ende is a Chicago-based artist and educator. Ende received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has shown at Heaven Gallery, Gallery 400, Terrain Biennial, South of the Tracks, Mana contemporary, Woman Made Gallery and was a Sponsored artist at High Concept Labs. She has screened videos at Nightingale, Comfort Station and Roman Susan. She has participated in the Center Program at the Hyde Park Art Center and is a 2018 - 2019 Hatch Resident at the Chicago Artist Coalition


Through drawing, sculpture, and video, I use a degree of speculative thinking to explore movement within modern space. I work to reduce the “bigness” of architecture, re-imagining built structures as intimately scaled, malleable forms. In doing so, I aim to minimize architecture’s imposition on the body and softens the authority of modern design. My work examines the inherent tension between the straight lines of architectural order and the fluidity of bodies within. As I construct shared spaces for closeness and collaboration, I quietly insist on self-determined movement within modern space, where the body itself is a generative material.

Read a review of “not to scale” at Heaven Gallery on Chicago Artist Writers 

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