We live surrounded by things. In Junk Drawer, artists Caddy Burns, Abby Johnson, and Sarah Stellman honor the disorganized, lingering existence of the objects that populate our daily lives, providing a window into the mundane through paintings, textiles, and sculpture. These artists mine their personal and collective memories to create a visual shorthand, a usable vocabulary of symbols and emblems.
The resulting works speak to the influence of the objects that accumulate in our domestic spaces, pass through our lives, and mark our mental landscapes. Junk Drawer invites us to assess our relationships with domestic objects and spaces while considering how these familiar items function within the economy of our daily lives.
Junk Drawer is organized by Caddy Burns, Abby Johnson, and Sarah Stellman with Center Space Project.
Caddy Burns lives and works in Austin, Texas. She received her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2020. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions at Happy Gallery Chicago (2020) and Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist’s Residency (2019).
Abby Johnson lives and works in Austin, Texas. She graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Studio Art in Fall 2020. Her work was included in the 2020 UT Art and Art History Research Week Exhibition.
Sarah Stellman lives and works in Austin, Texas. She received her BFA in Studio Art with a minor in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin in Fall 2020. She is currently a fellow at the Riso Room in the Department of Art and Art History. Her work was included in the 2020 UT Art and Art History Research Week Exhibition.