"Let no one say the past is dead.
The past is all about us and within.
Haunted by tribal memories, I know
This little now, this accidental present
Is not the all of me, whose long making
Is so much of the past."
from "The Past"
- Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Joanna Close has created a textile tribute to the past in the form of nine hooked rugs depicting scenes from her family farm, a once profitable, now demolished property acquired by her ancestors in 1858 and handed down to successive generations until 2011. Showing at the Owens Art Gallery in Sackville, N.B. until the end of February, the series documents the modest architecture and interior furnishings of a place that no longer exists, except in memory and faded photographs.
|Joanna Close "Gram's House" 2012|
|Joanna Close "The Barn" 2012|
|Joanna Close "The Kitchen Stove" 2015|
|Installation view, "Documenting the Farm" by Joanna Close|
|Entrance, Owens Art Gallery, Mt. Allison University, Sackville NB|