After a week of matting and framing and wrapping, I am ready to deliver the new work for my upcoming show. “Those Were the Days” opens at the Steckline Gallery at Newman University on Friday, January 27. I started this series of monoprints a year ago, after experimenting with some image transfer techniques with the awesome Heinrich Toh. When we returned from Berlin and I returned to the prints, I reworked many of them into mixed media pieces. What began as a private production on family history became a larger meditation on my Mennonite cultural heritage as I fragmented and recontextualized historic photographs, settlement and migration maps, and references to historic language and writing.
Newman folks put together a nice press release about the show here.