Serena Viola Corson is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in San Francisco, California. She was born in 1996 on the beach in North Carolina but moved all around the Southern United States growing up with her single mom due to financial instability and the 2009 recession.
Serena's art manifests strong connections between working-class people and other species trying to survive under the many agonizing forms of modern living. Her paintings do this by intentionally bringing images into being from nothing, like magic. Many paintings center moments of collective joy, platonic love, and radical kinship. The figures Serena paints are always uncensored and are either self-references or inspired by her community.
Her playful Matisse-inspired still lifes double as book recommendations, each one's title is usually a quote from one of the featured books. Her interest in painting still lifes ramped up during the global pandemic when everyone was isolated at home surrounded by their accumulating personal possessions. Each painting thoughtfully curates pairings of books and belongings, evoking a narrative reflective of her personal experience. While Serena's art mainly deals with daunting issues, such as struggling against entrapments of the nuclear family, capitalism, and male supremacy, Serena hopes her work will always retain an uplifting sense of freedom, immediacy, and wonder.