Found Objects and Family Influences

Sun Mar 15, 4pm
Presented by: Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Tickets · $6-20
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Roxana Alger Geffen is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Washington, D.C, and also showing nationally and internationally. Her work is currently focused on found and family objects that she uses to examine her family history and its relationship to privilege, race and class. Roxana is also well-known for her series of Dissent Collar sculptures woven together from materials at hand. With these pieces, she seeks to emulate Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, who is noted of course for wearing a distinctive lace collar only when she is reading dissenting opinions. On the day after the 2016 presidential election, she wore that same lace collar. Dissent Collar #10 evokes delicacy and could be lightly worn, while others like Dissent Collar #16 and Dissent Collar #9 are larger, heavier and feel as if they might constrict the wearer’s actions. They represent a multiplicity of impulses to create tangible evidence, a residue of her anxiety and sorrow.

Roxana will also discuss other works, including The Binding Ties, sculptures created in part with objects and materials drawn from her family, ordinary things found in her own attic or her grandmother’s junk drawer. Combining materials from different times and places, which were originally intended for a range of practical uses, the artist binds together disparate moments, influences, and intentions. The works reflect the impossibility of forming a single, coherent image of the past, when faced with layers of interpretation, the complexity of individual stories, and our own pre-existing perspectives. Although it may be incomplete, this understanding of the past acts as a foundation for our understanding of the present and, consequently, our understanding of ourselves. Geffen’s approach to materials acts as a physical manifestation of the ways we make and remake ourselves, cobbling together the past and present, idealism and ignorance, pride and shame.

All Woodlawn Needlework Show Artist Talks are offered free with a paid ticket to the show on the day they are taking place -Suggested donation to our non-profit site: $5 AT THE DOOR.

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