Looking Back, Moving Forward: Reflecting on the anne drew potter Exhibition
AGE OF INNOCENCE
October 15, 2020 – February 14, 2021
Welcome to Age of Innocence! Here you will find a detailed exhibition walkthrough video, as well as photo documentation of anne drew potter’s immaculate exhibition at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.
The tradition of visual allegory predates literacy and has been used throughout art history to illustrate lessons or parables that have existed as examples of ethical behaviour in a just society for centuries. From the works of anne drew potter we recognize the power that allegory and popular culture takes in the construction of historical power. How is it that with such complicated historical and political agendas, that we distinguish between what is right and what is wrong when the answer is never so obvious. How might we stand on the right side of history? – Derrick Chang, guest curator
Artwork: anne drew potter, ‘Let Them Eat Cake I’, Vanitas et Avaritia (Vanity and Greed) (detail of one of ‘Three Little Birds’), stoneware, porcelain, luster, 2010.
Exhibition Walkthrough Video
About the Artist
Despite a dim awareness of our own subjectivity, the individual reality that belongs to each of us is experienced as concrete and self-evident. I am interested in the moment when the self-evidence of our own experiences is challenged by confrontation with the other, the infinity of realities that exist outside of our own.
I attempt to make performative objects that address the ways in which social meaning is projected onto the forms of the body. I manipulate anatomical signifiers of gender, race, age, and other identity characteristics to encourage viewers to confront their feelings about normalcy, difference, and what defines human. By creating a tension between the intellectual reality of the static object and the emotional drama of exaggerated expressions I hope to imply the self-consciousness and artifice that are present both in formal theatre/cinema and in our everyday projections of our selves.
My work bridges contemporary conceptual and narrative concerns with certain elements of sculptural tradition to question both our current constructions of identity as they relate to the body and the manner in which these are connected to a historically informed sense of self.
– anne drew potter