When Elizabeth Bunsen and I were hanging her latest work we wondered what it would be like to project different images onto her eco-dyed scarves. I couldn’t wait to work on this idea and began making collages with her textiles and my photographs in Adobe Illustrator.
Our “prairie stories” collaboration is starting to take shape as Elizabeth and I continue to discuss memories, identity and the geography that has most shaped who we are as adults. It’s no wonder we have a short hand about our childhoods. Elizabeth grew up in Lodgepole, Nebraska (population 319 as of 2013) and I grew up in Burke, South Dakota (population 601 as of 2013). Also both of our grandfathers were bankers. We both have twenty year old sons. And our art and process can provide deep sorry and remarkable joy at the same time.
We’re artists and our storytelling is in the visual realm. Our conversations have been wonderfully insightful, however, if we were only sharing our ideas in a written form, I believe it would feel like we’re only telling you half of the story…or perhaps even less than half.
To me these layered memories feel like I’m looking through the curtains of one of the many farmhouses of relatives and friends I visited as a kid. These memories are readily accessible but also a little hazy like the yellow tint of an old faded Polaroid photo.
The words will come as our ideas evolve, right now the images are coming first. We’d love to hear your ideas about how the interior geography of your youth has shaped who you are today, your choices and what direction you would like move into.
Elizabeth and I are gaining some understanding of how big of a role it’s played in our own identities…give us land lots of land.