Andrea Keys Connell

Artist Statement

My process mirrors the major themes of my work; how experiences transform the interior life of individuals.

I build my figures hollow, constantly pressing the clay from the inside outward. This constant pressure that I apply informs the figure’s shape, gesture, and description of where their internal weight is carried. This internal distortion results in a body where, at moments, signifiers of gender, age, and time are dissolved.

My ultimate aim is to create a body that exposes its joys, grief, and sorrow, as they are most viscerally experienced. Here, I hope, to point to what might be the most raw and illicit opposite of pain - empathy, compassion, and even the beginnings of love.


Andréa Keys Connell is Assistant Professor of Ceramics in the Department Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MFA from Ohio University.

Andréa’s work has been featured in a number of national and international publications and she has widely exhibited her work. Most recently Andrea was featured in Art Papers, Korean Monthly Ceramics, and Ceramics and the Human Figure.

She has had 11 solo exhibitions in various galleries and museums since receiving her MFA in 2009, including The Florida Holocaust Museum, The Clay Studio, and The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.

Andréa’s sculptures, lectures, and writings demonstrate a desire to investigate how an individual’s personal history affects their identity, behaviors, and actions.


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