For the Phenomena(l) catalogue, Neme Humphrey writes, "For many years, I have been exploring the body as the primary vehicle through which we experience the world both phys- ically and psychologically. ...Conceptually, I am drawn to what is traditionally termed womens work, the domestic and the handmade. I am intensely interested in the relationships between the microcosm of the body and the macrocosm of the universe. In series such as 'Smallworlds' I am exploring forms evolved from various internal growth structures such as cells, 18th-century optical diagrams and celestial maps."
Nene Humphrey has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries since coming to New York in 1979. Exhibitions include the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX, Mead Museum, Amherst, MA, Palmer Museum, PA, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, Sculpture Center, PS1 Contemporary Art Center and the Lesley Heller Gallery, New York, NY.
She received her MA from Goddard College, Boston, MA in 1972, her BA from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN, in 1968, and her MFA from York University, Toronto, Canada, in 1978.
Humphrey has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, Brown Foundation, and Anonymous was a Woman among others. Her work has been written about in numerous publications including the New York Times, Art in America and ArtNews and Sculpture Magazine.
Since 2005 she has been artist in residence at the Joseph LeDoux neuroscience lab at NYU where her work has focused on explorations of the brain mechanisms underlying human emotions.