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The Arts Council of Princeton Presents TRAVEL: DOMESTIC AND ABROAD

The new exhibit Travels: Domestic and aBroad, features works by Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage in the Taplin Gallery from January 4 – January 30.

The Arts Council of Princeton Presents TRAVEL: DOMESTIC AND ABROAD

The Arts Council of Princeton rings in 2021 with a new exhibit Travels: Domestic and aBroad, featuring works by Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage in the Taplin Gallery from January 4 - January 30.

When artists Krysia Kolodziej and Libby Ramage met in the early 1990s, Kolodziej was editing for Princeton University Press and writing poetry; Ramage was starting her work teaching art to very young children while making and exhibiting her own art. Both inveterate savers of ephemera, they have been supporting each other's art-making ever since.

In the artists' words, "We have each preserved pieces of the past that spoke to us and remade them into expressions of our lives now, where all the pieces fit perfectly together."

Ramage's mixed media pieces - with painting and drawing using acrylics and charcoal - were created from a scrapbook originally compiled by her stepfather's mother, Hilda, a formidable woman who reigned over her family imperiously. Hilda saved everything from her once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe in 1957, hence the "aBroad" portion of the show's title. Ramage rescued the scrapbook from the landfill and has been mining these materials for the past eight years, weaving one woman's experience and the nostalgia of memories with her own sensibilities and creativity.

Kolodziej's work, the "Domestic" in the title, uses domestic imagery (vintage fabrics, women's jewelry, wrist watches, postage stamps, dressmaker's patterns, zippers and buttons, thread, even the pieces of a broken-down piano) and techniques (sewing, for example) combined with mixed media techniques and collage to create visual poems. These reference the hours of unpaid labor of women not in the paid workforce-but for whom the home was/is the workplace-or that same labor expended after completing a full-time job. Items from the traditionally male domain are also present: pieces of wood, nuts and bolts, and/or electronic bits, all from Kolodziej's late father's workbench.

The Taplin Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 11am-6pm, and Friday & Saturday, 11am-4pm. To learn more, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org

The Arts Council of Princeton, a non-profit organization founded in 1967, fulfills its mission of building community through the arts by presenting a wide range of programs including public art projects, exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population in the greater Princeton region. To learn more, visit artscouncilofprinceton.org or follow @artscouncilofprinceton.


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