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University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery

Physical Address:
414 S. Main St., Moscow ID 83843
Corners of 5th and Main Street

Summer Hours:
Tuesday-Friday: 
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

Regular Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday:
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday: Closed

Phone: (208) 885-3586

Fax: (208) 885-3622

Email: rrowley@uidaho.edu

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Current Exhibit

June 13–August 5, 2017
Moscow Artwalk Reception:
Friday, June 16, 5–9 p.m. 

Artist Statement

These images were created from scanning and manipulating two or more negatives in Adobe Photoshop. Using the computer as a tool to create a “believable” situation is not that different from accepting any photograph as an object of truth, or by creating a story about two people seen laughing, making-out, or quarreling in a restaurant. These photographs reconstruct the private relationships that I have experienced personally, witnessed in public, or watched on television. The events portrayed in these photographs look believable, yet have never occurred. By digitally creating a photograph that is a composite of multiple negatives of the same model in one setting, the self is exposed as not a solidified being in reality, but as a representation of social and interior investigations that happen within the mind.

This work represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships. Polarities of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the exterior and interior self, the motivated and resigned self are portrayed. By combining multiple photographic negatives of the same model in each image, the dualities of the self are defined by body language and clothing worn. This work is an honest representation of the duality or multiplicity of the self in regards to decisions about intimate relationships, family, belief systems and lifestyle options.

The importance of these images lies in the representation of interior dilemmas portrayed as an external object – a photograph. Through these images the audience is presented with “constructed realities”. I am interested in not only what the subject matter says about myself, but also what the viewers response to these images says about their own identities and social constructs.

Kelli Connell’s exhibit is a traveling exhibition organized by the Society for Photographic Education and is sponsored in part by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, and by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. The Connell Artist Talk is made possible by the Prichard Friends Board. The UPAA Symposium is being jointly hosted by the Photo Services of the UI and WSU. Additional sponsorship from the College of Art & Architecture, students of the University of Idaho, and the business and individual Friends of the Prichard Art Gallery. Educational outreach programs sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and US Bank.

University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery

Physical Address:
414 S. Main St., Moscow ID 83843
Corners of 5th and Main Street

Summer Hours:
Tuesday-Friday: 
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed

Regular Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday:
10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday: Closed

Phone: (208) 885-3586

Fax: (208) 885-3622

Email: rrowley@uidaho.edu

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