Thursday, March 2, 2017 Liberty

Monoprint & Drawing
I'm honored to be selected by curator, Doris Weiner Madsen to exhibit my monoprints in the Pathways exhibit at Elusie Gallery in Easthampton, MA during the BookFest opening on April 8th, 5-8 PM at the Old Town Hall. The gallery will be presenting my Liberty and the Immigrants monoprint, a detail of this piece is presented here. Also my first monoprint House Book which I've collaborated with artist/carpenter Tim Holcomb who is constructing a wooden house construction featuring the Statue of Liberty and the search for a home in our country is these perilous times. 

 Here are some of my thoughts on this subject:

House Book, folded
Is “Liberty” and all that the statue in New York Harbor stands for being diminished? My artwork explores this question in light of ways our government has been limiting our “liberty” at home in the name of national security.

My ancestors were welcomed by “The Statue of Liberty” and she was born in its very shadow. Perhaps that is why this figure became a central theme in this artists’ work for more than 30 years. Since Lady Liberty witnessed the devastation of 9/11, Rooney and what the statue stands for have been in harm’s way. The work in this exhibit asks political and philosophical questions to provoke gallery visitors to reevaluate our government’s response to terrorism.