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"Certain Histories" displayed at Atrium Gallery through April 18 (Released: 4/396)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- She creates vignettes using objects to evoke a past time and place.

Certain Histories," an installation by Pamela Keech, is on display at the University of Connecticut's Atrium Gallery through April 19. Keech will present a slide lecture on her work at 3 p.m. April 8 in Room 10 of the Fine Arts Building.

Keech is an artist in residence at The Lower Eastside Tenement Museum in New York City, and researches and procures furnishings for historic house museums. She also designs costumes for film, theater and television.

Keech s installation includes seven pieces comprised of found objects, dress forms, fabric, paint, nails, wood and antique clothing.

To me, the clothing is not the focus," she said. "I m presenting moments in time in peoples lives, and the clothing gives the idea that it is a past time, not the time now." The issues, however, are ongoing, Keech said.

She said she uses old objects because their histories give them power. One of the works, The Snare, depicts a female figure who is walking into a trap. Another work, The Oval Portrait, or never Marry a Painter, is based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe.

Keech, who lives in New York and Connecticut, received her master's of fine arts degree from Ohio State University in 1980. In 1983, she received an NEA fellowship in sculpture, and in 1982 received of the Rome Prize in Sculpture.

Her solo exhibitions are on display at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and The Lower Eastside Tenement Museum and Broadway Windows in New York City. Her works are in group exhibitions at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts in Summit and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisc.

The Atrium Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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