anne drew potter
April 11, 2020 - July 31, 2020
anne drew potter is a figurative sculptor whose tropes of child-like innocence reflect on the scrutiny of past allegories of power both in fiction, and historical narrative. Potter presents us with dynamic and evolving sculptural narratives which draws on the allegorical effects of her compositions, re-imagining a dialogue which re-interprets the cultural imagination of both literary and historical tropes.
Curator, Exhibitions & Collections
Image credit: My Bear’s House (detail) by anne drew potter
July 30, 2020 at 7:00PM
About The Artist
(From the artist's website)
In 2011 I received a German Chancellor's Fellowship and relocated to Bonn and Berlin, Germany for two years. This experience gave me the chance to learn a third language and spend significant time immersed in a foreign culture. I was challenged to adapt my content to a specific cultural experience which was not my own - that of the former East Germany. Through extensive research into the popular culture, art and literature of the GDR, as well as personal interviews and site visits, I developed a body of work that brought together my personal background with this fraught history in a manner that was both unique and authentic. The resulting multi-room installation, Mythology of a History Lesson, was initially installed at the Brotfabrik Gallery in Berlin. A catalog is available for purchase.
I returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2013 to conclude my residency at Pottery Northwest and continue to explore the mountains and a passion for climbing that I have steadily developed since 2009. A timely grant from 4Culture supported the completion of my most recent major project, Vanitas, which was over 5 years in the making. A free brochure of this project is available courtesy of the 4Culture grant.
Throughout my travels I have frequently taught, both in formal academic contexts and community schools. I have given lectures and workshops in both English and German at a variety of academic institutions internationally. Additionally, in 2013 I began teaching climbing and expedition hiking at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) where I particularly enjoy working with underserved students.
I have been awarded the Visiting Artist Teaching Fellowship at the Alberta College of Art + Design for the 2015-2016 academic year, and will be residing in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.