2021 Collage, Oil and Wax on board. 24"x36"x2"
What time is this place? Many techniques of farming have modernized or changed, but the scale of the farm still represents one of the major factors in quality of life.
This work was part of a solo Exhibit at The Oxbow Hotel in Eau Claire WI
MIDWESTERN PALIMPSESTS and was featured on the cover of Volume One Magazine.
The work recieved an honorable mention in Confluence of Art at Pablo Center in Eau Claire 2021
Palimpsests l noun - a manuscript or piece of writing on which original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.
"The image making process started by looking backward. Working on midwestern newspapers from the 1940’s, a technique was used to preserve the papers in wax. I have a curiosity about our inherited animal stories, including farm animals, whose lives typically do not make headlines. This is true especially in times of war. The images are meditations on time and place and how the story changes. Some are success stories. Some are about new beginnings. Some are about loss. Fast forward to present day, will these be the stories of resilience in a time of friction in our world? The stories are unfinished and are a call to action to get the facts and protect everyday wonders in nature and the values of the small farmer.”
- Joe Maurer
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