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Andra Keys Connell

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

My process mirrors the major themes of my work; how experiences transform the interior life of individuals.

I build my figures hollow, constantly pressing the clay from the inside outward. This constant pressure that I apply informs the figure’s shape, gesture, and description of where their internal weight is carried. This internal distortion results in a body where, at moments, signifiers of gender, age, and time are dissolved.

My ultimate aim is to create a body that exposes its joys, grief, and sorrows as they are most viscerally experienced. Here, I hope, to point to what might be the most raw and illicit opposite of pain - empathy, compassion, and even the beginnings of love.

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