The world’s artists and musicians continue to be displaced as the pandemic rolls by – as exhibits and concerts alike, have been converted to virtual slideshows and online stage-checks for the better part of a year now. Former Comet and current artist Anastasia Chloe (Parsons) dealt with this over the last couple of weeks – showing her exhibit titled ‘Expanding Interior’ at the Charles City Art Center via a 20-minute-or-so Facebook Live of her work.
In her work, it seems like Anastasia can’t get her childhood home out of her head – a space that once allowed generations of her family to grow up is now lying (mostly) empty.
According to Anastasia, ‘A home is more than its doors, walls, floors, and windows – it has a life of its own.’ And through her work, she attempts to examine her own story and experiences ‘while intertwining them with memories of lives before’.
One of her favorite works is titled ‘Helen’ named after her great grandmother:
To view Anastasia’s work still hanging in the Charles City Art Center all throughout September, one can visit anytime between 1-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. A reminder to wear a mask and practice social distancing.
‘Expanding Interior’ full artist statement by Anastasia Chloe:
Expanding Interior explores the idea that personal domestic space can transcend its own physicality, becoming something larger than the sum of its parts. A home is more than its doors, walls, floors, and windows – it has a life of its own. When entering these spaces, the memories they hold are embedded within them, similar to the presence felt in sacred places.
My childhood home has been in my family for generations. It has stood empty for the past several years, frozen in time with belongings still scattered about, like glimpses into the lives lived within. Every time I walk through the door, it’s as though the past and the present have converged. This slippage of time intertwines with the fragility of memory, altering the perception of the space itself.
In my work, I contemplate notions of interior and exterior spaces which dance between the tangible physical world and that of memory and emotion. I examine my own personal narratives while intertwining them with memories of lives before me. I pull inspiration from family keepsakes and heirlooms, specifically those passed down from the women in my family, such as cookbooks, dollhouses, candlesticks, and wedding dresses. While searching the attics of my own familial past I hope to discover a more universal truth about our shared present moment.
Full interview with Anastasia on Middays with Melrose:
Some of the pieces from the exhibit: