“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
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.
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, M. Forsaken/Fulfilled represents three generations of 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 photos helped me understand we all start out as innocents. Life experience then colors and influences who we become as adults.
The exhibition included seven other incredible 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:
- Karie Amstutz
- Anna Carlson
- Diana Mort Eicher
- Marjorie Fedyszyn
- Kristin Hoelscher-Schacker
- Kristi Kuder
- Debra Maertens
- Ann Ribbens
View a video of Anna’s story here: