Linda Branch Dunn: Paper Dolls

March 7 - April 29, 2017

Linda Branch Dunn, Easter Horizon
Easter Horizon
(click to enlarge)

We live at the intersection of Experience and Possibility. — Linda Branch Dunn

A founding member of the Lowell Fiber Arts Studio, Linda brings a wide array of experiences and artistic disciplines to her work. Her resume, starting with a BA in literature from Kirkland College, displays a prodigious academic appetite for extensive course work that includes a Rhode Island School of Design BFA in Textile Design.

A Cambridge resident with a Lowell headquarters; she is no stranger to Groton. Offering classes for seniors, assisted living, rehabilitation and dementia care, she has taught at our own River Court Residences. She was part of group exhibit at our Library, titled Common Threads, in 2011.

I was not immediately aware of her previous engagement with us when I first noticed several pieces from her Paper Dolls series. They were on display at the Lowell Loading Dock Gallery and I was instantly moved by the repetitive phantasmal images of a little girl. Intrigued, I made an inquiry and here we are.

The Paper Dolls series is printed on found cloth using images from a family album. It employs dye, acrylic paint, glue, cotton, Thermofax screens, monoprint, and hand stitching.

Of the series she writes:

I had to empty my mom’s home. Among the piles, I found photo albums. They breathed the freshness of the young family. There was my mom: a girl, her little sister beside her.

This image overlaps with my own memories, of being a little sister, of raising my girl.

They say each time you unpack a memory, it alters. Our present rhymes with our past. We embroider. We forget. But the outline remains.

This exhibit is made possible by the Groton Public Library Endowment Trust.

Ken Hansen,