Press release from Pink Dog Creative Gallery:
What: Time, Memory and Lineage
Where: Pink Dog Creative Gallery, 348 Depot St, Asheville NC 28801
When: April 5- May 5 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
In 2007, Lynn Bregman Blass and Leah Sobsey began a conversation about the qualities of photography and encaustic, a process involving beeswax & damar resin, used in Fayum mummy portraits in Egypt in 100-300 AD. Each medium uses the idea of time in similar yet disparate ways: Photography as a way of bringing the moment to bear, an ephemeral way of remembering; encaustic, through its translucency, allowing the viewer to look back through a painting’s layers and see how each moment, each stroke, informs the present. We became interested in how these two different processes could be joined together to speak to the idea of time. As part of the process, we combed through boxes in our respective attics and found things that once seemed so important to save, then were tucked away and forgotten. We discovered memorabilia collected through generations of photographs, letters, ticket stubs, journal pages, family recipes, Scrabble scores. Time, Memory and Lineage is about history passing into distance made visible again through photography and encaustic. This exhibition showcases our first project together addressing Time, through transferred images on adding machine tape with encaustic; Memory, images floated in wax on light boxes; and Lineage, deconstructed grids of ancestry. Time, Memory and Lineage was based upon Lynn and Leah’s own family histories of Eastern European immigrants at the turn of the 20th century.