The Memories and Myth series, begun during a summer residency in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, is an investigation into connections between the memories and mythologies of my childhood as a military brat. A study of cognition relative to teaching visual arts inspired a desire to explore how family photographs influenced my recollection of the stories I grew up hearing. Composing layered images inspired by prints from my mother’s Brownie camera and slides from my father’s 35mm SLR prompted deeper consideration of the subtext of gender roles, societal norms, sibling relationships and the fragility of family.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Debra Goertz has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions for more than thirty years, most notably with solo shows in Newfoundland, The Netherlands and New York, was an associate professor at Parsons The New School of Design and taught drawing and anatomy in the masters degree program at the New York Academy of Art. She maintained a studio in Brooklyn for 15 years and in Chicago for 7 years, and now splits her time between San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Plainfield, IL where she paints, writes and works in textiles.
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