Collector, 2011
Acrylic and ink on paper
48.75 x 45.25 inches


Aubrey Learner’s intricate watercolor, graphite and ink drawings are metaphors of desire and disgust: the disparate longings for both purity and sexual prowess, and the concurrent disgust at perversion and decay. Juxtaposing contemporary fascinations with sexuality against the various vulgarities associated with reproduction, she explores the imposition of societal mores, the coercive pressures of pornography to make oneself a more desirable object, and the eventual decay of the body and dissolution of sexual allure. Hoards of insects stand for an infestation of anxiety, as well as a state of impending entropy, as they simultaneously form and unravel the figure.

Learner holds a BS in Biology and Fine Art from the University of Akron and an MFA in painting from San Francisco Art Institute. She has been the subject of numerous solo and partnered exhibitions throughout Ohio and the Bay Area. Most recently, Learner was the recipient of the SFAI faculty nomination for Headlands Center for the Arts 2011-2012 Residency.