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Lilly Powell

Records of Ritual (Object Grouping)

Dyed porcelain, tweezer/comb/hair impressions

Artist Statement: 

Powell’s most recent work explores habits in the domestic sphere and the inherent relationship actions have to their respective spaces. She aims to accumulate a nexus of objects and their associations; triggering thoughts of temporal ritual in these eternal common places. 

On Covid-19 

I have been very fortunate to be able to still have access to my private studio space since shelter-in-place was issued in Kansas City, MO. Covid-19 has made me think about the spaces and objects I have already been exploring in my work with an even more critical eye, and a new perspective. 

I finished making objects for my closing Resident exhibition a Belger Arts, IN/Residence, that were records of action in self-ritual; a sort of fossil. The ‘fossils’ have dredged up more specific musings now because of our current situation. Routine grooming happens in our intimate spaces, but is often for others outside this space. How do mundane grooming habits become a ritual? Now that we are not often leaving our houses, how has that changed? Are we doing it for ourselves, a roommate, or partner? For a sense of normalcy amidst the uncertainty? Because it is the one thing we can control? Or have we abandoned our previous routines, maybe created new ones? 


Lilly Powell received her BFA from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and completed Post Baccalaureate studies at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. Powell is currently an Artist in Residence at Belger Crane Yard Studios in Kansas City, Missouri. 

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