For nearly 40 years, Twin Cities educator, curator and photographer Linda Brooks has been collecting the objects and images of the last four generations of her maternal family, which immigrated to the U.S. in the early 20th century. This personal archive is the source of lifecycles objects, which documents utilitarian objects, garments and materials—many of them handmade—used by the women in the artist’s family since 1920. Brooks’ photos reveal her interest in the creation and materiality of these items, and the way they narrate a lived experience. The artist explains: “Despite the fact that these women worked outside the home, the domestic environment was a place in which they had more control. It provided an acceptable realm for women to explore creative ideas. They could make functional objects, sometimes out of necessity, while utilizing artistic concepts. This collection of items demonstrates these women were inventive and serious makers who cared deeply about the quality of their craft.”
Opening Reception: November 2, 5–7 p.m.
Gallery Talk: December 5, 7 p.m.