Isolation and interaction are longstanding investigations in Alicia Henry’s work. Rendered in cotton, linen, leather, wool, felt and fabric, the faces she depicts gain a corporeal presence that oscillates between figuration and abstraction. Referencing minstrels and circus—thus the realm of spectacle and performance—Henry’s human forms are in fact striking in their restraint. Sometimes interacting with one another, although often isolated, their gaze is fixed upon those who look at them. In her exhibition at The Power Plant the artist will present images that immerse visitors in a web of encounters, spanning the walls of the Clerestory and the 2nd floor gallery.
Alicia Henry (born 1966, Illinois) lives, works and teaches in Nashville. Solo exhibitions of Henry’s work have been organized at Northeastern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago (2005); Rhodes College/Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis (2004); South Bend Regional Art Center, Indiana (2003); Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville (2003). Group exhibitions include Texas A&M University-Commerce Gallery, Dallas (2017); Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga (2014); Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012).