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Shadows In Ink: Josephine Sacabo & NOCCA
May 21 - June 21
Shadows in Ink
A Collaboration with Photographs by Josephine Sacabo and Texts by NOCCA Writing Students: Jillian Chatelain, Katherine Edwards, Maggie Malone, Kristian Palmer, Campbell Smith, and Finn Yekple
Opening reception Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 – 8:30pm
On view May 21 – June 21
Shadows in Ink is a collaborative exhibition of photogravures by Josephine Sacabo and texts by NOCCA Creative Writing Students that have been directly inspired by the corresponding images. The students in Andy Young’s Ekphrastic Writing class – Jillian Chatelain, Katherine Edwards, Maggie Malone, Kristian Palmer, Campbell Smith, and Finn Yekple – spent several weeks immersing themselves in Sacabo’s art and process. The class visited A Gallery for Fine Photography to view her work on exhibition, and her studio, where they were given a glimpse into the intricate task of creating a photogravure. They studied a wide range of Sacabo’s work, which often takes literature (from such writers as Juan Rulfo, Clarice Lispector, and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz), as its inspiration. Students selected the images they wished to respond to and wrote from them with no restrictions beyond their own imaginations as to the form or content of their work. The resulting texts allow Sacabo’s creative process to come full-circle, as her images, created as a response to poetry and prose, have now inspired literature of their own.
“In the forest of symbols the boundaries between art forms dissolve and scents, colors, and sounds correspond to each other. An artist entering this realm can receive inspiration directly from another medium by means of a ‘lingua franca’ of the arts. The highest homage to a work of art is a response to it in another.” – Charles Baudelaire
This collaboration was for me the living expression of these lines from Baudelaire. It was an honor for me to work with these exceptionally talented young people and to know that my images touched them deeply enough to elicit these beautiful responses. I am deeply grateful to them for showing me things in my own work I never knew were there. – Josephine Sacabo