Lena Schmid’s (b.1985) paintings explore how the poetics and physics of time function as a physical force. Using richly textured luminous surfaces, movement without discernible speed, and cleaving imagery, her work references the kind of slow, strange change experienced in a space long inhabited: be it a body, a well known landscape, or the cosmos. She holds an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Lena has exhibited nationally, including at New Release Gallery and the SPRING/BREAK Art Fair. She has held multiple Artist in Residence positions, including at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the TIDES Institute, and the Wassaic Project, where she was a 2018 Education Fellow. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week.” In 2020, Lena was awarded a Printmaking Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.