Found-object art finds home at MAC

January 3, 2014

PRESTONSBURG – An eclectic collection of forgotten items brought to life will dash the walls of the Mountain Arts Center beginning next week as it hosts the art exhibit of Floyd County native Donna Williams.

Williams’ exhibit, “Parsing the Lunacy,” will be on display at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) beginning Jan. 7 and continue through Feb. 27.

Williams is part of a new generation of Eastern Kentucky artists creating buzz throughout the coal fields.

Williams says her work, which relies on ‘found objects,’ gives voice to the ideas in her mind. “Most times it is easier for me to say through art, what I am hesitant to say out loud. There is something very liberating about sticking crow feet on a doll’s body and maybe anchoring her in a box to represent what I feel emotionally. There is freedom in embracing your oddities.”

Williams’ art literally consists of random objects from doll heads to old jewelry and rusty nails - anything that draws her interest makes its way into the creative process.

Since 2011 her work has been featured at the AAC, the Underground Gallery in Whitesburg, Appalshop, the Perry County Public Library, as well as All Good Things and Lizzie B’s in Prestonsburg.

In 2013 Donna was invited to exhibit her work in Oslo, Norway as part of an international exhibit.

She is a founder of the regional art group Kentucky Art Tribe based in Prestonsburg, and member of EpiCentre Arts based in Whitesburg.

Donna is a juried member of the Appalachian Artisan Center, where her studio is currently located.

Along with Lacy Hale of Whitesburg, Donna co-hosts a radio show; “Art Matters”, which can be heard the third Wednesday of every month on WMMT 88.7 at 6 p.m.

The exhibit will be on display from Jan. 7 to Feb. 27. A reception and opportunity to meet Donna Williams will be held on Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m.

More of Williams’ work can be seen online at www.facebook.com/donna.williams.art or donnawilliamsart.blogspot.com.