Saturday, June 27, 2015

I Know A Story

In the Beginning diptych - m. saffran 2015  (left) King Robert and Queen Gertrude  13" x 19" color photograph (right) Prevost Castle 13" x 19" color photograph collage sewn with thread

detail Prevost Castle  
Before Princess Marianne Got Lost - m.saffran  21" x 19"  2015 color photograph collage sewn with thread
detail Before Princess Marianne Got Lost

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"New Works" show

m. saffran  "palpable nothingness"  2014  color photograph  12" x 12"

m. saffran  "moment of momentous decision"  2014  color photograph  12" x 12"
Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden in Concord New Hampshire is hosting an exhibit called "New Works" a show that includes work from artists who attended the North Country Studio Workshops at Bennington College last winter.  
I received a Vermont Arts Council Artist Development Grant to attend a week long North Country workshop in paper engineering (handmade books)with the amazing Carol Barton.  
As you can see from the photos above, the pieces I have in the show are not books but two of my recent photographs from the Remembering Our Future Death series that just closed at Studio Place Arts.
The show runs April 7 - May 27, 2015 with an artist's reception Sunday May 3 at 4 - 6 pm.  I am hoping to be there.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

small works salon 2015 + image and text

Maud Morgan - Chandler Gallery - Boston

Three of my pieces are part of the Image and Text show in the Chandler Gallery at Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center in Boston.  The opening reception will be Sunday April 12,  3 to 5 pm and the show will run April 10 - May 15.

Made from the apron project scraps, found text and thread, my images were selected for inclusion by Boston artist, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.  I have been a long time admirer of Campos-Pons work and feel honored to have been selected by her. In point of fact she was the reason I applied to the call in the first place. 

Campos-Pons use of autobiographic material and gift for visual story telling inspire me.  Her art points the viewer towards thoughts on identity and how it is shaped by individual as well as collective culture.  I also believe we may share an interest in the persistence of memory and how it defines us. 

Michelle Saffran  2013  "Gardening Without Soil"  8" x 11"  mixed media collage  $230 one of a kind

Michelle Saffran  2013  "Heavy Pressure"  8" x 11"  mixed media collage  $230
one of a kind

Michelle Saffran  2013  "Deep Down"  8" x 11"  mixed media collage  $230
one of a kind

Friday, March 6, 2015

pick up yesterdays Times Argus

There is a long and detailed article by Mary Gow in the Thursday March 5 Arts and Entertainment Guide of the Times Argus about all three SPA openings happening tomorrow night.  The article headline "Rock, Paper, Scissors" takes its name from the group show on the main level of the gallery.

Thank you Mary! 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Remembering Our Future Death OPENS SATURDAY

Remembering Our Future Death opens this Saturday, March 7 from 5 to 7 pm at Studio Place Arts.  I will be showing this group of photographs together for the first time.  Many of the pieces where made specifically for this solo show.  

There will also be a group show opening in the main floor gallery and another solo show opening on the third floor.  You will find me in the second floor gallery.

installing Remembering Our Future Death
Artist Statement:

Remembering Our Future Death brings together my current reflections on the subjects of memory and death. Earlier stages of my art practice treated these two subjects as discrete and separate from one another. I failed to see their connection, perhaps I wasn't ready.

The physics of non-linear time explains that all time, past, present and future exist simultaneously in the present moment. Applying this line of thought to memory leads me to the idea that memory may extend back to a time before this lifetime while at the same extend forward into future lives. This inquiry presupposes the existence of reincarnation.

Plato believed in a soul that guided the body away from hedonistic drives for pleasure and satisfaction of worldly needs toward a path of deeper knowledge and truth. He reasoned that because we have concepts of Ideal Forms (meaning ideas like God, Truth, Beauty and Reason) even before we personally experience them, our souls must have known them before we were born, otherwise we would not recognize the experience when encountered. Plato believed in an immortal and indestructible soul that passes through a continuous cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

Reading Plato began to pull my thoughts together. He wrote that before the soul is reborn it drinks from the river of Lethe, one of the rivers that flows through the Underworld of Hades. Translated from the Greek Lethe means oblivion, forgetfulness, concealment. Hades is the abode of the dead. Although memories are washed away prior to rebirth, the soul does enter its next incarnation with buried imprints of past knowledge. We spend each life trying to recall what we once knew. Memory is the context for this knowledge and knowledge is truth. I would like to take this one step further and suggest that memory is indestructible and immortal, transformative and mutable, but never too far from the truth of our identity. Memory is our soul.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

remembering our future death

saffran  "palpable nothingness"  13" x 13"  photograph  2015  price upon request

saffran  "a moment of momentous decision"  13" x 13"  photograph  2015  price upon request   
These two photographs, along with other new works, will be part of my solo show installation entitled "remembering our future death", second floor gallery at Studio Place Arts (SPA)   in Barre, Vermont: March 3 - April 4.

The opening reception will be Saturday, March 7:  5 - 7:00 pm a change from the original date.  There will be two other openings that night as well.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reimaging Femmage

Girls Don't Need Book Learning  will be part of  Reimaging Femmage at the Foundry Art Center in St. Charles Missouri February 20 - April 3, 2015.

Juror Lisa Melandri, the executive director of Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, selected works by women from all over the country whose art puts a contemporary face to the tradition of femmage.  

Femmage is a term invented by artists Miriam Shapiro and Melissa Meyer in the late 1970's to describe art made by women with methods historically assigned to women, such as sewing, cooking and applique.  Leader of the feminist art movement Shapiro, along with Judy Chicago co-founded the Feminist Art Program at California Institute of Arts.  

Shapiro was active in the fight to have work by women artists exhibited in museums that typically only showed art by men.  Associated with the women's rights movement for political, social and artistic parity with men, femmage became a call to action.  

I only wish that I could say that the efforts of our fore-mothers affected a substantial gain for women but, according to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, even though 51% of visual artists are women, only slightly more than 1/4 (28%) of them have been spotlighted with solo shows in museums.  A recent statistic. 

I am honored to be part of a show that keeps the conversation going and reminds us that all is not created equal.

michelle saffran  A Girl Don't Need Book Learning  photo-collage apron, approx 34" x 44" paper and mixed media  2012  $1,000
detail of recipe card placed in the apron pocket - found text and photograph