Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, Visual Mythologist and Maker of Things
I teach but mostly I make journeys. Sometimes I am a photographer, sometimes a painter, sculptor, writer, textile fabricator and historian. I am inspired by the magic that occurs when one goes looking for ancestors--those unmapped spaces that are realized on front porches, at kitchen tables, in public archives, and on pages of old photographic albums tucked away in quiet corners. I listen, I re-imagine and we as caretakers of our communities build artworks that remember where we came from and how we arrived.
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The Journey Projects creates public art by utilizing a variety of art mediums to engage communities in thinking about personal ancestry and the ancestral memory of landscape. Working mainly by commission, the construction of Marshall-Linnemeier's large-scale mixed media textile works are collaborations between the artist and community members. "Community" includes churches, community groups, city governments, museums, arts centers and corporate partners. Geography, archaeology, botany, chemistry and mythology are all disciplines that are touched on through creativity and personal reflection. By utilizing the notion of quilting and collage, works of art are created through a variety of community activities and workshops. Her process often includes inter-generational collaborations where custom fabric is created through the cyanotype process and fabric dyeing. Participants range from age two to ninety-two.
Wolf Creek (pictured)
The permanent installation for Wolf Creek Library was opened to the public on September 8, 2014 in South Fulton County, Georgia. The project addressed three spaces in the library and each space utilized a different art medium. The Ogirishi Tree, an 18’ steel and ceramic sculpture occupies the main library area, greeting visitors as they enter. The Agan or ancestral memory cloth occupies the multipurpose meeting room. Constructed mainly of fabric, the cloth contains images of the ancestors of residents of South Fulton County, as well as hand dyed and hand painted fabric. The “Teen Spot” contains digital photographs produced by teenagers from the area.
The South Fulton County community assisted with the fabrication of the installation through a series of workshops and Gathering Circles presented at local libraries, government offices and churches. The project took almost two years to complete and employed over 30 professional and semi-professional artists.
For more information on the Journey Projects visit thejourneyprojects.com
Stereo Propaganda is an interdisciplinary endeavor that examines the notion of race in nineteenth and early twentieth century visual and material culture. The exhibition uses large-scale painted stereographs as a backdrop, highlighting the role that these documents played in the construction of the “other.” Because the stereographs use double images, the viewer is able to see the original photograph and my interpretation simultaneously. My interpretation attempts to “read” the images for signs of interiority. This affords the viewer the opportunity to “hear” the voices of the individuals depicted in the stereographs, which have been likened to television.
My father, trained as a tailor taught me to sew and I use fabric for a variety of textile works including quilts. The ability to print photographs on fabric expanded my work, which now includes large scale textile installations.
I began photographing in 1989 in Mississippi as part of a documentary project for Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. Since then I have gone on to explore other areas of the south. Race, memory, and the southern landscape are often explored.