Jan. 5, 2013
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
A collection of 22 paintings by Knoxville artist Ashley Addair will be on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery from Jan. 7 through Jan. 31.
A reception will be held in the gallery on Fri., Jan. 25 from 6 until 8 p.m.
“This work explores the confusion, uncertainty and simple delights of operating within the traditionally feminine roles of homemaker and motherhood,” Addair wrote in her artist’s statement. “Both the content and process seek to quietly protest the meaninglessness our society attaches to domesticity.
“The method of making the work is born out of the rhythms of care taking, where the notion of production is largely intangible; visual progress is made in brief bits of time while daily chores and routines become a part of the art-making process,” Addair continued. “I hope this lends an expression of interconnectedness to the work: a compassionate view that nothing independently exists but is a part of an intricate web of life.”
Addair, whose medium is acrylic, describes herself as a “visual artist, a new mama and a nomadic adventurer.” Her paintings have been collected in Italy, Mexico, Canada, Australia and throughout the United States.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester was 1,168.