OUR HISTORY, OUR VOICES PROJECT

The Liberty Collins Exhibit

About Her Exhibit…

I’m an East TN native who grew up playing outside crushing poke berries, painting on tin with rocks, and digging in the red clay of my backyard.

Now I’m a potter!

I started my body vessel project in September of 2020 after a diagnosis of a chronic illness.

Since then, it’s blossomed into a wonderful exploration of loving my body, its limits, and overcoming shame around my illness and imperfections.

It’s also been hugely influential in beginning more conversations with women around me as they find their own struggles represented and the strength to discuss them.

I am humbled by the journey of these body vessels and the connections I’ve made by sharing them.

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More Exhibits

The Shannon Deana Johnson Exhibit

I am a Knoxville, TN based mixed media painter. My process is intuitive. I work to create a balance between harmony and contrast, simplicity and accumulation, and stillness and motion. As the painting progresses, I often add more concrete elements such as botanical or figurative shapes. In this latest series called, “Story of a Girl,” I have been exploring the use of imagery connected to the idea of femininity and aspects of it that are meaningful to me.

The Liberty Collins Exhibit

I'm an East TN native who grew up playing outside crushing poke berries, painting on tin with rocks, and digging in the red clay of my backyard. Now I’m a potter! I started my body vessel project in September of 2020 after a diagnosis of a chronic illness. Since then, it's blossomed into a wonderful exploration of loving my body, its limits, and overcoming shame around my illness and imperfections.

The Mera Ragsdale Exhibit

My paintings question the way we look at feminine bodies especially in comparison to how masculine bodies are viewed. In art history, the objectification and presentation of female bodies and an accepted way to present and view them has long been prevalent, specifically as non-threatening objects of sexual desire. My work questions these long accepted practices and empowers my subjects to visually challenge the viewer.

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