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August/September Art Gallery: Stories from the Kitchen Table

Tue, Aug 20 @ 11:00am @ 11:00 am โ€“ Sun, Sep 22 @ 6:00pm @ 6:00 pm
Sanctuary United Church of Christ
458 High St, Medford, MA 02155

Sanctuary UCC Art Gallery Presents: Stories from the Kitchen Table
Doors open 11 AM, Saturday, August 20th, 2019 at Sanctuary UCC
Dates & Hours:
August 20th – September 22nd
Tues-Fri: 11AM-6PM
Sat-Sun: 9AM-12PM

Special dates:

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019, 7:00 pm- Reception & Reflections
Sunday, September 8th, 2019 10:00 am- ARTChurch

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Artist Statement
Stories from the Kitchen Table

I created โ€œStories from the Kitchen Tableโ€ to preserve and honor a fading way of life in my childhood home, a continent away. Going home means traveling the long distance back to a small village in northern Germany and my familyโ€™s old farmhouse, a house that seems untouched by modern time, and, one day soon, will be left behind.

The hardship of farming and events during World War II cast a prickly shadow over family members that can still be felt today. Telling these tales gives me a chance for reflection and transformation. Memories and emotions intertwine into new stories.

When I visit, I absorb the ingredients of home: the flavors of dishes that are so familiar, and the same furnishings, photographs, knick-knacks, and worn kitchen tools that have been there since well before I was born. Most of all, the very essence of home for me is gathering around the kitchen table to sit down for a meal with family and friends and share stories old and new.

Connecting past and present, my composites include old family photos combined with images reflecting how I perceive my heritage today. I use flowers and fragmented images of fabric: these dish towels, tablecloths, napkins, and decorative wall hangings (dating back to 1799) were passed down from generation to generation – a salute to the women who lived and worked under the roof of this old house. Pieces of the traditional costume, buried for decades in an old farmerโ€™s trunk, add a layer of local history to my images.

My grandmother was a great influence. She was the overseer and guide of a local farmhouse museum across the street; she was the keeper of local history and the keeper of family stories and tales that often were shared among women in โ€œspin clubs.โ€ In past times, โ€œspin clubsโ€ met with the purpose of spinning wool, doing needlework, and stitching tablecloths and wall hangings. These close-knit groups of women stayed together until death. Today, these clubs barely exist. โ€œStories from the Kitchen Tableโ€ transforms this tradition of storytelling into a visual journey.