Connell (1901-1998) Lady in a Box Number 1 & Number
2, 1994. Mixed media on wood. 65 x 11 inches each.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Exposed to fine art painting at a very early age, Clyde Connell knew she
wanted to be an artist even before she could say the word "painting."
A privileged life as the daughter of a plantation owner in the South also
exposed her to the social injustices against the African-American servants.
As a result, Connell participated in the fight for civil rights throughout
Connell's Lady in a Box Number 1 & Number 2 reflect her sculptural
combination of mixed media and woodcarving. In 1949, she began carving
wood found on the penal farm where her husband worked. She created woodcut
portraits of the inmates, who were given their portraits at the conclusion
of their sittings.