Cassie Marie Edwards: Objects of Affection


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June 24, 2021 – August 7, 2021 all-day

Exhibition Objects of Affection will be on display from June 24, 2021 –  August 7, 2021

“One of my earliest memories was in my great-Grandmother’s house. She had an entire wall filled with shelves of figurines. I was fascinated by these tiny porcelain objects that were strange and exaggerated versions of the animals they represented. My family moved often throughout my childhood and my possessions became a much needed source of stability in my constantly shifting world. I began collecting small porcelain horses and unicorns from garage sales and secondhand shops that I frequented in Milwaukee with my grandmother. I have always been interested in the past lives of the objects in these places – and enjoyed scouring the remnants of peoples’ possessions for these mass-produced treasures.

In recent years, my desire to collect figurines was rekindled, which led me to begin using them as subjects for this series of paintings. I was interested in playing with the boundaries between the genres of still life and portraiture, and high and low art. I am also interested in exploring the limits of representation. Making this work is like a visual telephone game – they are paintings of painted porcelain objects. Many of the figurines
are so distorted and exaggerated that sometimes it becomes hard to determine the animals they originally reference. I am intrigued by our ability to discern what these abstracted forms represent.

Within my paintings, I focus on subtly shifting color, composition, scale, and light within the still lives I paint directly from until I am content with how they impact the personality of the figurines. The figurines I am most drawn to are strange, comical, and sometimes slightly discomforting. In some of these works I intend to heighten the personalities of the figurines, and at other times I’m looking to completely alter the inherent qualities of these inanimate objects.”Cassie Marie Edwards

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Notes from Shannon Kupfer, THELMA’s Curator

Cassie Marie Edwards’ oil paintings evoke a range of emotions, from humor to uncomfortable awe, all the while filling you with misplaced nostalgia. Edwards’ inspiration, her grandmother’s collection of porcelain figurines, has been harnessed and reimagined as she thrifts her own collection of bizarre and charming figurines. Teetering between the conventions of “high” and “low” art, Edwards elevates the status of the figurines as she paints their likeness and brings them into the gallery space. She amplifies their unique personalities as she paints, further altering the interaction between object and viewer. Edwards achieves a beautiful realism that conveys depth and light reflection flawlessly. Coupled with stark, colored backgrounds, she maintains a feeling of the uncanny.

“Objects of Affection” will leave you smiling, intrigued, and walking down a familiarly unfamiliar memory lane.



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