I hung a show last Thursday, just before heading out dancing for the weekend with a nice feeling of accomplishment. It's at Memphis Theological Seminary, which very kindly invited me to exhibit some prints there. (Chaplain Tiffany McClung not only offered me this chance but also helped me hang the show, which was absolutely lovely hospitality for a solo artist. Four hands do so much better than two.)
I do art for churches to use in their bulletins as a part of my career, but I don't often show this work. It doesn't really fit with my landscapes and ends up being a bit of a left handed step-child sometimes. I was delighted to have a place to show two different series of prints that hadn't been exhibited before.
The first is my Girlhood/Womanhood series. These prints began as an illustration for a blessing written by Kendra Hotz for the baby girl of friends of hers.
I enjoyed doing the girls, and the series made me think about what it means to be a woman as well. I've done several prints about women, claiming sacred and sexual space, as well as the traditional role of motherhood, as spaces of power for women. I'd like to add to this series as I have time and continue to think about women in the world.
I ended up adding a few tiny monotypes I also had kicking around and orphaned. They're based on family snapshots, and they're 3x5 to 4x6. Putting them up makes me want to do more of these.
My second series of prints in this show (there are two different hallways, upstairs and down, so I was able to have two discrete sets of work) is my Easter psalm series from last year. I have done several different sets of Lenten works, and last year I decided to mark the joyful season and remind us to celebrate the fulness of joy as well as penitence and self denial. It was fun to see them all up on the wall together.
There will be an opening Tuesday evening, March 3rd, and the show hangs until April 8th.
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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