My father has lived in the area of Redding for many years, and recently moved to a retirement community. In helping him with the move, we came across a chest with correspondence from my grandmother, reaching across three or four generations and spanning the 20th Century. Her story is not particulary remarkable perhaps, besides being special to those who knew her; however, it charts a change in the artifacts of memory and communication that abruptly stops with the advent of the Internet.
During the residency I would like to make a series of drawings based on the material from her chest, that charts a single lifespan and reflects the tremendous changes in documentation and communication that have taken place during this period. With this material I would like to prepare an exhibition and make it into a simple book.
It is a relatively new direction in my work, though best relates to the series of drawings and book Lost & Found that I made for women with cancer in Finland. A residency at Weir Farm would allow me, after a long period of working in a public space, a welcome return to much more personal subject matter.
~ Rachel Bacon
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March 16 Benisse Lester
March 23 Patricia Miranda
April 20 Tatana Kellner
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