GLUE

Abbie Stellar


July 10 – August 29, 2020

Marlene & Spencer Hays Foundation Gallery


Teetering between drawing, sculpture, and installation, the tactility and tangible nature, or the "object-ness" of Abbie Stellar’s work, calls attention to the materials and how real these objects seem when we lack a physical presence for those lost to us. In her work, she explores this fascination with the "object-ness" of things; considering the ideas behind material culture through the subtleties and details of the quotidian.

Stellar’s practice is rooted in memory, and the feelings and imagination that come with remembrance. Centered in themes of the familiar, family, and loss, it calls upon the imagery and associations that lie within past experiences of family, and childhood; addressing their relation to objects of the home, especially when the nature of those relationships’ changes over time.


Artist Statement:

Glue- it’s a sticky, binding substance. Binding; meaning it holds things together.


Meemaw– the name affectionately given to my grandmother – was a seam-holder for my family. Being the mother, and grandmother, that she was, she built a family that reinforces one another – that comes together and is supportive even in the midst of loss.

Even if the loss is the binder itself.


My grandmother passed away in early 2019 – leaving a large hole in my life, and the rest of my family’s. In her absence, I have found a new and deeper connection to the objects she once owned. In sorting through and visiting her home now, I’ve realized the capability of parts of the home to personify my Meemaw; simultaneously serving as both memorabilia and memento mori. Finding her handwritten notes, and hearing the stories about her now that she’s gone, create a markedly profound attachment to the material goods of her home as well as to the physical space she once inhabited and engaged with on a daily basis.

This exhibition navigates ways of coping with the disappearances of loved ones, and the reminders of past experiences. The memories and symbolic objects that are familiar and yet unusual as they become the placeholder, a personification, for people who are no longer present. With the aid of material objects, a tangibility is created for those things that have been made intangible by the nature of time. Sights and sounds bear the effect of memory – lingering in this state of reminding; finding a source to anchor the wistful impact of the ephemerality of life.


Teetering between drawing, sculpture, and installation, the tactility and tangible nature, or the "object-ness" of Abbie Stellar’s work, calls attention to the materials and how real these objects seem when we lack a physical presence for those lost to us. In her work, she explores this fascination with the "object-ness" of things; considering the ideas behind material culture through the subtleties and details of the quotidian.

Stellar’s practice is rooted in memory, and the feelings and imagination that come with remembrance. Centered in themes of the familiar, family, and loss, it calls upon the imagery and associations that lie within past experiences of family, and childhood; addressing their relation to objects of the home, especially when the nature of those relationships changes over time.




A name, a name anameanameaname, Abbie Stellar

In the video below, Abbie Stellar discusses her show GLUE.



Abbie Stellar, You can have that when I die

Slideshow of GLUE at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center:


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