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Anne Drew Potter, 2008 Matsutani Fellow
resident 2007-2009

Anne Drew Potter was born and grew up in Berkeley, California. She attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania for her undergraduate education, and she received her first Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan. Upon graduating from the Academy, Potter was awarded a travel fellowship to the U.K. through the Royal Academy of Art in London. She pursued a second Masters, in ceramics, at Indiana University, Bloomington. Potter is the recipient of the 2007-2008 Archie Bray Matsutani Fellowship.

"My work bridges contemporary conceptual and narrative concerns with certain elements of sculptural tradition to question both our current constructions of identity as they relate to the body and the manner in which these are connected to a historically informed sense of self.

I am interested in the moment when the self-evidence of our own experiences is challenged by confrontation with the other, the infinity of realities that exist outside of our own. I manipulate signifiers of gender, race, age, and other identity characteristics to encourage viewers to confront their feelings about normalcy, difference, and what defines human."

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Elizabeth and the big head boys, 2007
installation view
ceramic, polyester resin, wood

"ni-yak" from big head boys, 2007
terra cotta
17" x 10" x 14"

big head boys (detail), 2007
installation view
terra cotta