Curatorial Work – Family as the Vernacular – Tarleton State University Gallery
26 April 2015

Since the days of the Kodak film camera, families have been able to produce albums upon albums of snapshots of everyday life. With digital photography, we are capable of even larger databases of personal mementos. The Family as Verncaular explores the pictorial language of the family photograph utilizing digital techniques and found imagery. The family album often contains within it memories of happiness, mundanity, and loss. These are the narratives of everyday life. Participating artists Margaret Hiden, Libby Rowe, and H. Jennings Sheffield construct work that provokes viewers to make references to their own memories and experiences.


Margaret Hiden, Marbury Women, 2010, From the series, 15 Glenview Circle

Margaret Hiden’s series 15 Glen View Circle, was inspired by her grandfather’s recent struggles with dementia and memory loss. In her work she has taken selected family album photographs from the past and layered them with imagery from the present. The older images contain people and events that are long past, while the architecture of the home is still present in the layered images. The interior spaces in the work become a metaphor for the mind as a tangible space.


Libby Rowe sub(division), installation detail

In the photo installation (sub)Division, Libby Rowe is exploring the concept of the “neighborhood”. Upon moving to her new home in San Antonio, TX, Libby was both baffled and inspired by the suburban landscape. Libby began to collect family photographs from friends and complete strangers around the neighborhood. These photographs were then turned into 3d sculptures that are placed along the gallery floor in a cul-de-sac. The work asks the audience to consider the humanity of the inhabitants of our common suburban dwellings.


H. Jennings Sheffield, 2:00pm-4:00pm (Sept. 10, Oct. 20, Oct. 25, Nov. 23, Feb. 1), 43″ x 28″ x 4.5″, Archival Digital Print on Panel, 2013

Jennings Sheffieldʼs photo series Tethered visually portrays a specific period of time during different days of the week. Using a mathematical formula, she breaks down the daily images into vertical slices and then reintegrates them into a single image. Each print represents what a two-hour period of time visually looks like across the span of a number of days as she balances being an artist, mother, teacher, wife, and daughter throughout the week.

Installation Shots:

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