2018 Past Community Artist Spotlight Space Exhibitions

Community Artist Spotlight Space Exhibition

Community Artist Spotlight Space Exhibition

October 09 - November 02, 2018

I consider my art work a practicing in storytelling. I am interested in people, in families and their journey through generations: how families evolve, thrive or collapse; how extreme circumstances can affect them leaving rich stories behind. To tell my stories I use the aesthetic language of genograms. Genograms are pictorial family trees commonly used in medicine, psychiatry, psychology, social work, genetic research and education. They include symbols of hereditary patterns and events like births, deaths, immigration, marriage, divorce, sickness, conflicts, emotionality, dialogue and communication that embody relationships. Genograms can thus be seen as fingerprints of the emotional structure and history of a family. Each family genogram has its own unique pattern built upon the deepest and most basic human relationships. Genograms allow me to explore stories of immigration; to uncover tragedy, addictions and abuse. But I also discover incredible stories of social trauma and resiliency.

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EVIDENCE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY KRISTEN EMACK

EVIDENCE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY KRISTEN EMACK

April 03 - April 30, 2018

April 3 – April 30, 2018

Opening reception: Thursday, April 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

My initial obsession to document my daughter Appaloosa’s childhood is linked directly to the lack of imagery captured in my own youth. I have no memory of my parents taking photos of me. When I found one of the few that exist, it made me know that I exist too; it gave me confidence. It also made me anxious; I wondered why so little effort was made to record me.

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