Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling Exhibition by Jacklyn R. Grad and Tillie Marsh.

May 27 - June 22, 2019

An exhibition of work from our graduates of the Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling: Jacklyn R. Grad and Tillie Marsh

Walking by Lesia Maruschak, Book Artist in Residence 2018

WALKING by Lesia Maruschak

October 5 - 27, 2018

“In order to advance, I walk the treadmill of myself

Cyclone inhabited by immobility.

But within, no more boundaries!”

— Jean Tardieu, Le Témoin

WALKING goes beyond the action of putting one foot in front of the other, or moving someone or something forward. At its center is the fundamental question of “Who Am I?” explored through the stories, experiences and memories of my life: the fear of being lost as a child, my diagnosis with an incurable blood cancer,  summers at the beach and daily family life. Themes like relationships, remembrance, identity and connection are explored.

The work, in exhibition form, points to the concepts of movement and rhythm in life, as we seek to learn who we are, and as events shape our journey. Throughout my interest in repetition and materiality dominate.

The project uses three types of images. Colored landscapes offer a sense of order and calm while hinting at abandonment and uncertainly. Lead-like vernacular images, coated with ash and wax and embellished with color, shape and line present a graphic abstraction of the complexity of human relationships, powered by my need to understand and the impossibility of knowing. The third type of imagery centers around an image of two boys, shot in Denmark. Again, shape and color present my emotional, intellectual and artistic response to the development of selfhood with images that are ambiguous and abstruse.

WALKING transcends the literal psychological examination of the human story by asserting the higher truths of selfhood, identity and artistic expression. Presented is my inward journey - one common to wo/mankind - of the losses and graces experienced when we are severed from ourselves and work to find the way forward.