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Currently on View: Anna Lyle – Cut Twist Bind

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April 3 - May 25

North Floor Gallery

This exhibition round includes works provided by Anna Lyle which will be on view in the North Floor Gallery from April 3 - May 25, 2024.  Lowe Mill A&E invites patrons and art lovers to join us for Open Studio Night, a building-wide experience when our over 150 studios will be open to the public.  The evening also includes receptions for all seven of our gallery spaces. This series gives the public a chance to meet and interact with visiting artists and discuss their work as it is on display and available for purchase. Come out, enjoy a pleasant evening, and maybe you’ll find that special piece of art that speaks to you!  The Open Studio Night reception is Saturday, May 25 from 5-7 pm.


About the exhibit:

Cut Twist Bind is an exhibition consisting of painting and sculptural works from 2023-2024. Metaphorical imagery of fabric interacting with unattached anatomy describes the process of deconstruction and rebuilding of thought and worldview. This tends to be a sensitive yet important topic in the Deep South. Many are raised in a society where free-thinking outside of organized religion, particularly Southern Christianity, is discouraged, sometimes even thought of as dangerous. The process of performing these mental gymnastics is confusing, and along the way reality becomes warped and twisted as one starts anew, eroding a foundation to make way for a new one. This exhibition invites viewers to visualize this idea tangibly through fabric and our physical bodies, blurring the line determining which is which.

My attention to detail and the overall compositions in my work are sourced from my bodily hyper-fixations and the ways in which I feel the inner workings of my body perform. My compositional choices ride the fine line between comfort and discomfort, using fabric as a metaphor for human anatomy, inside and out. I work with both figurative and spatial perceptions, creating ambiguity and tension between the various elements in each painting.


About the artist:

Anna Lyle (b. 1992) is an artist and painter from Birmingham, AL. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Mississippi State University in 2015 and her Master of Fine Arts from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2023. While having a past professional life as an architectural designer, Lyle exited the architecture industry in her late 20’s to pursue a career in painting and drawing.

Anna mines conceptual inspiration on place and purpose in the world outside of experiences and memories in the Southern Baptist Christian religion in which she grew up, and in the years since leaving. Lyle has exhibited work coast-to-coast in the United States, with works in private collections in the U.S., Canada, and Germany. 


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