Currently on view through March 13, 2021.
In Past Process, four artists craft personal narratives by turning to the past, referencing memories, heritage, and traditions. By utilizing traditional motifs, family photographs, historical craft techniques, and images drafted from memory, the artists connect to the past. Objects, places, and stories passed down through generations tie the work to varying times and places, transcending our typical linear way of accounting time.
The resulting artwork is not documentary, artifact, or historical account, but rather a way of understanding and representing personal narratives as they relate to the past and present. Together, the work asks the question: how does our understanding of the past make us who we are?
In Past Process curator Gabrielle Tillenburg assembles four artists who rely on memory, history, and tradition to explore their relationship to the past in paper, print, fiber, and ceramics. Serena Faye Feingold, a painter and ceramist from Branford, Connecticut, employs a historic technique, majolica, to reveal personal scenes from her family’s past. Ben Iluzada, who lives and works in Philadelphia, uses traditional motifs and family photographs in his papermaking, collage and artist books. Alanna Reeves, an artist based in Washington, DC, combines her photography and embroidery along with painting and printmaking to convey hazy accounts and connections to family and Jamaica. Ashley M. Freeby of Topton, Pennsylvania takes inspiration from family garden plots and a grandmother’s quilt pattern for her textiles, artist book, and works on paper.
All reflect on personal narratives by turning to the past, referencing their own memories, heritage, history, or tradition in their artistic practice. Drawing upon objects, places, childhood, and stories passed down through generations, each artist’s process involves multiple ties to varying times and places. Their interpretations, recollections, and representations of the past transcend the typical linear method of accounting time. The resulting work is not documentary, artifact, nor historical account but rather a method of understanding, making sense of, and representation of their own personal narratives as they relate to the past and now, present
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