by - November 16, 2018

Work by Natalie Eddings
Opening reception Friday, November 16, 5-7pm
Martha and Robert Fogelman Galleries of Contemporary Art
University of Memphis/Art & Communication Building/Department of Art Rooms 230 & 240

"Press," the first solo exhibition of University of Memphis alumna Natalie Eddings (BFA, 2018), is a vicarious navigation of intergenerational racial trauma and minority stress—where it comes from, what it looks like, and how, perhaps, we deal with it. The exhibition observes collisions of the term “press”—of the past and the present, formalized in the bodies and souls of oppressed peoples featured in Eddings’ layered photographic portraits. 

In the exhibition, Eddings creates a dichotomy of the word “press.” On one hand, she interprets it as the press, or media coverage, journalism, and the distribution of news. This understanding of “press” is described, in part, by the First Amendment of the Constitution. On the other hand, she considers “press” as a root word derived from the Latin "pressare" which means to press down, hold fast or hold down, cover, crowd, compress. This is the basis for such words as impress, depress, oppress, suppress, repress, and others. She ascribes this understanding of the word to the essential nature of oppressed peoples. 

Faculty in the UofM Department of Art selected Eddings from the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts classes for this prestigious solo exhibition. An annual tradition, this exhibition provides an outstanding graduate with the opportunity to present a body of work as well as develop and execute an exhibition concept with Fogelman Galleries staff.

Image: Natalie Eddings, "Ode to Ethiopianism," 2018. Giclée photographic print, 36 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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