Memphis, TN | Painting, Sculpture, Mixed Media, Drawing
Clay Palmer is a current MFA candidate in painting at the University of Memphis. He received his BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Clay's work addresses his beliefs as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and examines themes of faith, persecution, and socio-political turmoil. Clay has been a part of numerous exhibitions, including Number: Inc.'s Art of the South (2017, 2018) and the 2016 FL3TCH3R exhibit. He has participated in numerous public art projects in Northwest Tennessee and enjoys community engagement through the arts.
My current work addresses the layering of past and present narratives that include Biblical, contemporary and personal content. The combination of these narratives lends the paintings and drawings a weight from their anachronistic nature while possessing a relevancy to the current world environment. Images such as the sound car, a vehicle outfitted with loudspeakers used to deliver sermons and announcements in the 1930's and 40's, are present to suggest heraldry, judgement, and a strong movement towards the future.