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Lily Cox-Richard

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

My sculptures engage vernacular forms that are familiar, yet, having drifted from their original contexts, their significance can seem hazy. By digging into cultural and material histories of things like lightning rods, iconic sculptures, and sweetgrass baskets, I foreground their infrastructure, trace their legacies, and test their potency, to see how these histories reveal idealized notions of an earlier national identity that persist in contemporary American culture.

My current projects focus on systems and networks that are ubiquitous yet often unnoticed: the electrical wiring and plumbing in the walls, the sprawling mycelium underfoot, and the goods created by cottage industries. I transform the guts of these systems, asserting their strength in formal terms by crafting buckets into columns, pallets into plinths, and baskets into niches.

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