MixedLonnie Holley (Birmingham, Alabama)
Southern Constellations Fellow. December 2018. Installation view. Acrylic, museum collection garments, mannequins, and miscellaneous items. Dimensions variable.

Much like his body of work extending over four decades, Holley’s compositions are constructed from found materials in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. The curated objects already imbued with cultural metaphors, including a blue-faced mannequin and baby dolls depicting different races, weave together narrative sculptures that commemorate the strength of a mother, growing up in 1950s Birmingham, and all of the children who miss opportunities due to institutional inequities. In lieu of an artist statement, provided below is video documentation of Holley describing his project.

Production Support: Matt Arnett