Serena Perrone is a multi-disciplinary artist who employs various techniques ranging from printmaking, and ceramics, to photography and writing. Her work reflects on personal mythologies, examines differing forms of nostalgia, recounts stories of destruction, regeneration, transition, enchantment and disenchantment, and captures images of the synchronistic and uncanny ways that magic and wonder are encountered in suspended moments and ambiguous spaces. Her narrative impulse and tendency toward ambivalent, theatrical scenes include the use of nature and architecture as framing devices resulting in work that references the pre-cinema, puppet shows, problems of perception and illusion, the hidden and 'almost-seen', and vernacular storytelling through layered pieces that explore the poetics and the perils of place.
Perrone's work has been exhibited widely, including exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the International Print Center New York.
Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Public Library, Yale University Art Gallery, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Library of Congress. She was nominated for a Pew Fellowship in 2017 and has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Santo Foundation, the William J. Cooper Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Born in St. Louis to an Italian father and American mother, she is a dual-citizen and splits her time between the United States and Italy. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Printmaking, she lived for many years in Philadelphia and Upstate New York before relocating to Atlanta in 2019. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Printmaking, Tenure Track at Georgia State University. Previously, she was the Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Pratt Institute's upstate campus at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in New York, and a Visiting Critic at RISD. She is the co-creator and Director of Officina Stamperia del Notaio, an international multi-disciplinary artists' residency program and printmaking studio in Sicily. Her work is represented by Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI.