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Elizabeth McFalls

Artist Statement Submitted 2019

This body of work began when I embarked on a one-year Artist Residency in Motherhood (ARIM) in April 2018. During the ARIM I honestly responded to daily life, time limitations, successes, and failures in an intuitive nature. The hybrid prints and collages reflect a love of storytelling through the creation of nonlinear visual narratives that examine issues of loss and family. The use of nonlinear narratives was born out of a love of storytelling developed in childhood. Having been raised in East Tennessee, my family attended the National Storytelling Festival on numerous occasions. I remember summers spent developing a love and appreciation for oral storytelling; as my sisters and I were fortunate enough to spend a great deal of time with extended family that spread five living generations. I reflect upon oral storytelling as the work explores moments that blur the line between fact and fiction, life and death, humor and sorrow, moments that demonstrate the complexity of life.

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