701 Center for Contemporary Art presents Brittany M. Watkins: AFFECT-ED, BEING

Exhibition: September 13 – October 28, 2018 

Artist Talk: Thursday, September 13, 6 pm 

Artist Reception: Thursday, September 13, 7 – 9 pm 

Reception Admission: Members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation 

Contact: Hannah Shepard 

701 CCA 

701 Whaley St., 2nd Floor 

Columbia, SC 29201 

(803) 319–9949 

[email protected] 


701 Center for Contemporary Art, located in Columbia, SC, invites you into  interdisciplinary artist Brittany M. Watkins’ head space as she explores the human condition  in her site-specific installation at the Center, running from September 13th to October 28th,  2018. Through the combination of painting, sculpture, audio, video and performance, she  transitions between theoretical and physical spaces creating a sensory experience. A native  of Tallahassee, Florida, Watkins received the Juried Panel Prize of $25,000 in ArtFields 2017  for her installation titled: Accept [(Self) + Elsewhere]. ArtFields is an annual, nine-day art  competition in Lake City, South Carolina, awarding more than $120,000 in cash prizes to  artists from across the Southeast. Her solo exhibition, AFFECT-ED, BEING, opens at 701  CCA with an artist’s reception on Thursday, September 13th from 7-9 pm, and the artist will  give a talk in the gallery an hour before at 6 pm. The reception is free for 701 CCA members:  there is a $5 suggested donation for non-members. Watkins was the 701 CCA Artist in  Residence from August through September 2018 and the exhibition will include work created  during her residency. 

Contemporary psychology defines affect as ‘the feeling or experience that is associated with  an emotion or the act of displaying and exhibiting emotions.’ By using non-traditional,  discarded materials Watkins expresses the cycle of obsessive-compulsive behaviors revealed  in the daily interactions between the self and society. This combined with created personas,  visually or metaphorically, reveal the subject matter. 

Since 2013, Watkins shift from sculptural objects to theoretical concepts, has allowed  her to create installations that lead viewers to explore the human psyche. Her site-specific  works are a visual representation of the human condition expressed through storytelling, and  repurposed materials. Watkins states that “each object presented, is rife with narrative based signifiers highlighting the individual’s place among society alongside the functioning of  the human mind.” Thus, by removing these objects from the basic parameters of their 

physical dimensions to the theoretical status of being, it allows for a subversive look at  consumption and other afflictions. 

Brittany M. Watkins currently holds the position of President and Exhibitions  Coordinator of 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL, while also teaching Contemporary Art & Design  at Florida State University. Simultaneously, she plans to continue progressing as a full-time  artist participating in future residencies similar to the one recently completed at 701 Center  for Contemporary Art. The exhibition, AFFECT-ED, BEING, features a combination of new  works created during her residency and pre-existing works.  

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and  enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the  community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701  CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions,  hours are Wed-Sat 11–5; Sun 1-5. For more information, visit www.701cca.org. For further inquiries or high-resolution images, contact [email protected] or call (803)  319-9949. Please check the 701 CCA website for additional information on the exhibition and  associated events. 

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