The Little Gallery, 5901 Maple St, Omaha

February 2 - March 31 2018


Fragments is a response to a found scrapbook made by teenager Louise Plunkett in the early to mid 1920s. Louise grew up in Council Bluffs and Omaha, and the book documents her high school years at Abraham Lincoln, and then Omaha South high schools. The pages include letters from friends, newspaper clippings, photographs, and event tickets, and include handwritten captions and comments scrawled in the margins.

By using imagery and text from the book I aim to elevate and preserve the ephemeral. The intimate process of sifting through a stranger’s memories allowed me to form a personal connection to Louise through the mementos she kept. This collection is my exploratory attempt to ‘connect the dots’ and construct a narrative from these remnants.

Louise, 2017, Digital collage, tracing paper and embroidery, 10” x 8”

Contents, 2017, Digital collage, found paper embellishment, 12” x 12”

Astro-Phrenology, 2017, Drypoint etching over monotype, 10” x 8”

Scrapbook #3, 2018, Cyanotype, 7” x 5”

Edna Wallace Hopper, 2017, Drypoint and image transfer on found paper, 10” x 8'“

Photo credit: Sarah Miller

Photo credit: Sarah Miller

Photo credit: Sarah Miller

Photo credit: Sarah Miller