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Housewarming: Kailey Coppens & Naomi David Russo

June 3 – August 23, 2024 | Drowns Gallery

The collaborative work of this exhibition centers around a vanity set and aims to recreate a familiar space of intimacy and vulnerability shared between the two artists.

Kailey Coppens (b. San Jose, CA 1996) is a Multimedia Artist. They studied Painting and Interdisciplinary Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. They are the recipient of the Marcia Lloyd Auction Award (2020). Their work explores the idea of “home” and “place” through their kitsch-inspired works. Coppens currently works and shares a studio space in Olneyville, Providence, and serve as a Teaching Artist.

During my childhood and adulthood, I moved frequently, living in over 15 houses and apartments in the past 26 years. My experiences in these temporary living situations have sparked a curiosity about what makes a home. As I reflect on the spaces I’ve had to leave behind, I find myself drawn to the colors, patterns, and materials that persist even as the walls around them change. In my studies, I focused on found materials as a medium for my artwork. This experience not only influenced my painting process but also introduced me to the dialogue between art history and mass-produced objects. After college, I worked as a Fabricator and Picture framer, which helped me further refine my skills and interest in working with discarded domestic materials. I hope to use my work to initiate a conversation about how we unconsciously curate our living spaces by transforming and reimagining the function of everyday household materials. 

Naomi David Russo is a woodworker who makes functional objects, and is inspired by structures found in her childhood and adolescence. In 2019, she received her BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from Maine College of Art, and was an Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in 2021-2022. Currently, Naomi is continuing her studio practice in Brooklyn, NY.

I am motivated by my memories as a child and adolescent. The objects I found myself surrounded by when I was younger have largely influenced the designs of the work I make today. As I am making, I think about those interactions in these spaces, such as playgrounds, that were made for recreation, and the shapes used to initiate an invitation to touch and use these structures.

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