These items are indexical portraits–readymade works of art. Imbued with the active memories of Madge and EC Bauer, they are launchpads to stories I learned while researching my paternal grandparents’ history. I share these discoveries in the documentary (currently in-process) called Made in Mattoon.
This collection extends to several other interconnected pieces–which include 2 more collections: EC’s Contraptions and Madge’s Quilts, installations, several short animated images, and prints.
Some of these items were acquired during my grandfather’s estate sale, some passed down from my father, and some from my mother. I selected, curated and now maintain and arrange them, like a miniature museum. I also continue to be inspired to make new works from these items.