Audra Skuodas

The Seed The Synthesis / Growth the Analysis, 2009 Acrylic on canvas 72 × 60 in 182.9 × 152.4 cm

I seek to reveal moments when invisible phenomena make themselves visible.  Each painting, drawing, or book builds on my previous work, addressing questions of sensitization or de-sensitization in visual form.


How is energy transmitted? Sensitive chaos, formulating itself into waves, patterns and natures intermeshing. Parallel phenomena: body, spirit.  This is the space of my work.

Audra Skuodas’ artworks have become her voice and often reflect her inner psyche. She paints the yin and the yang, the spiritual and the material, the body and the soul. Her good and evil theme is evident through out an often seemingly innocent array of subtle colors and patterns. The use of the color red found in either line or dot form, often interrupts the composition in an almost threatening or demanding way.

The artist was born in Lithuania during the Second World War. She was four years old when she fled with her parents to a displaced-persons camp in Germany. When she was 10, her family emigrated to America, settling in the Midwest. Skuodas received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in art from Northern Illinois University.

In Skuodas’ earlier works she exhibits more figuratively representative pieces. The figures were encased within geometric constructs, not so much decoratively as symbolically. The work has for many years been defined by the value she refers to as the law of limits – that invisible phenomena of tension and attraction which maintains the cosmic order. Harmony – disharmony. Sensitization – desensitization. Excess – sustainability. The drawings, paintings, and books, have been realized under the overriding criteria of Vibrational Vulnerability – the invisible phenomena of incremental cause and effect. Skuodas’ work seeks to harness the sensorial tactility of sound embodied in vibration.

She has exhibited her work widely, frequently at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. She has twice before been a visiting lecturer at Oberlin and is married to the painter John Pearson, Young-Hunter Professor of Studio Art. The couple has two children, Cadence and Jason.


Audra Skuodas