Recollection: Shadow to Matter

Recollection:Shadow to Matter

An SD8 Exhibition

Most people think that shadows follow, precede or surround beings or objects. The

truth is that they also surround words, ideas, desires, deeds, impulses and memories.

― Elie Wiesel

Eight artists, inspired by StoryCorps (, have re-interpreted personal stories from audio recordings to visual reflections. This exhibition was mounted at Minneapolis College of Art and  Design in winter of 2015. It will be reinterpreted as in an exhibition at White Bear Center for the Arts in January, 2016

Memories form the basis on which our standards, belief systems, attitudes and expectations exist. We incorporate our memories into our unconscious mind’s database and unknowingly reference them as we live our lives. The artists, members of the Surface Design Association, asked people close to them to recall signature moments in their lives. The interviews then inspired new works in a wide range of fiber media including hand-made paper, wire mesh and felt sculpture, quilting, embroidery, and printing.

My sculpture, Forsaken/Fulfilled was prompted by the discovery of a binder of work from a design class my mother took while in high school in 1941. It is my interpretation of conversations held with my mother, Anna and my youngest child, Clark. Forsaken/Fulfilled represents three generations and their aspirations to become artists. Working very differently from my customary approach, I was surprised by the effect the images had on me during the creative process, especially the photographs of my mother as a child.

The exhibition includes seven other surface design artists. Our group, SD8 is an affiliate of the Surface Design Association. Each of us asked loved ones to recall signature moments in their lives. These interviews then inspired new works in a wide range of fiber media including hand-made paper, wire mesh and felt sculpture, quilting, embroidery, and printing. We posted examples on our Face Book page which you may access below or by visiting our websites:

View a video of Anna’s story here:

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