October 9, 2018
“Feathers Fall, Grass Grows,” a solo exhibition of work by Andréa Keys Connell, Associate Professor of Clay, is now on view at the Appalachian Center for Craft, in Smithville, Tennessee.
In her artist statement, Connell explains that her interest in commemorative objects, particularly the hidden narrative of figurines, has evolved through multiple bodies of work.
I have approached figurines in different contexts – as monuments and as statuary, as representations of experience and as objects of scale. From this perspective I see figurines engaging in both private and in public narratives; they fit easily in the family china cabinet but they can depict an image a whole community might receive. At their most authoritative they would make their way to a community plinth, elevated and honored as a monument. I am interested in how figurines influence communities and homes, on what they conceal and what they reveal.
The exhibition runs from September 27 to November 12, 2018.