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KERRY ADAMS

KERRY ADAMS

Artist Work

At the Table (from the installation One Year and Thirty-Six Inches)
2008
Afghans, yarn, home
Apartment-sized installation
Covered and Enclosed
2007
Afghans, yarn, home
House-sized installation
Conversation
2006
Mixed Media
Room-sized installation
The Quilt (Entrance View)
2006
bed, pillow with indent, bed frame, sheets that become doorway, welded steel, white walls, black fab
Room-sized installation
Closing Myself In (from the installation One Year and Thirty-Six Inches)
2008
Afghans, yarn, home
Apartment-sized installation
Escape
2007
Chair and Thread
16” x 20” x 7’

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Since our lives are made up of finite time, the way that time is spent, accumulated, or valued is important. Time between work, eating, sleeping, and tending to responsibilities- is often not recorded. Although this time is often viewed as insignificant, it can house our thoughts, our dreams, and the day-to-day moments that become a large portion of our lives and identities. If we look back and remember nothing of these periods, then what of this time and of ourselves has been lost? Trying to recall moments that have not been recorded in our memories results in questions, silence, traces or a vague idea of what has passed. In my work I aim to make this time and these traces visible. My multi-media sculptures and installations are rooted in the domestic because this personal space is closely associated with leisure time and with the identity of an individual. The home is where we store our personal histories: photo albums, heirlooms, souvenirs, and other objects that elicit memories. Basing the work in this space further emphasizes the lack of recorded memories and the struggle to remember. In my work, I unmake, isolate, and alter the objects and the stability of the domestic space in which time passes without notice. By removing the common functionality of the domestic space and recording the time within the space by unraveling, binding, and marking, I give room for contemplation of our actions, moments, and memories within its walls.

Artist Bio

Kerry Adams was born and raised in Central New Jersey. She first learned about sculpture and installation art through making in a way that seemed most natural to her. In 2004 she received her BFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently finishing her MFA degree at Maryland Institute College of Art. Kerry has exhibited her work in solo and group shows and as a grant recipient. Some of the locations she has shown her work are: The RISD Museum in Providence, RI Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY; Target Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, VA; Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; Union Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; and The Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ. Kerry was also the curator of a show titled In Home: In Response in Baltimore, MD.