The mystery of a forgotten piece of luggage is the catalyst that begins this new tale from Holly Andres. The intrigue that grows from this discovery recounts the artist’s own childhood memories of her older sisters’ encounter with a woman’s lost suitcase. The contents soon become valuable treasures but are kept hidden like a forbidden secret. Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to announce The Fallen Fawn, the latest series from Holly Andres. With nineteen cinematic images, a vivid adventure of adolescent identity will unfold throughout this exhibition.
Drawing from Andres’ own memories, The Fallen Fawn continues her examination of female subjectivity. Two girls will lead us down a road wrought with dichotomy. Themes that address the complexity of childhood are displayed as the girls rationalize feelings of curiosity with the taboo association of prying into the private life that the refuse luggage once belonged. The innocence of a childhood adventure crosses into a mystery surrounding a woman’s discarded suitcase. The innocent can very easily breach the sinister; who did the suitcase belong to? what happened to her? was it simply forgotten or intentionally left behind? As the girls harbor this treasure trove of castaway belongings, they try to unravel the story of the woman dubbed “The Fallen Fawn.” As seen through an almost voyeur lens the tale turns dark; naïve curiosity evolves into paranoia, that will leave even the viewer looking over their shoulder.
Holly Andres’ work is included in the permanent collections of The Elton John Foundation Portfolio, Atlanta, Georgia; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Oregon; Portland Art Museum, Oregon; and the Columbus Museum, Georgia. This will be the artist’s third solo exhibition at Robert Mann Gallery.The artist lives and works in Portland, Oregon.