Lily Cox-Richard The Stand

May 7, 2010 – June 12, 2010 Gracie R. Cavnar Gallery

Lily Cox-Richard is interested in the historical and commemorative roles of sculpture, from public monuments to personal grave markers. Her current work explores the power of icons and objects, and how this power shifts with time, context, and readability. The Stand is an exhibition of new work exploring the props used in neoclassical sculpture to shore up both structure and allegory. In Hiram Powers’ 1872 marble The Last of the Tribes, a Native American woman flees western civilization. As she runs, the edges of her skirt flip as they brush past a tree stump. In Lily’s sculptures, these props and trappings are freed from their roles of symbol and support and reinvested with new visibility and presence.