Conversations with Rzeszow

Conversations with Rzeszow Joyce Lyon United States, 1993

Conversations with Rzeszow
Joyce Lyon
United States, 1993

In Conversations with Rzeszow I engaged in a dialogue between the familiar and a place I knew as a child only through fragmentary stories, silence, and the efforts of my own imagination. My father grew up in a small city in southeastern Poland, in an extensive Jewish community destroyed in WWI. As an adult I did research, then asked my father, gently, insistently, to tell me his stories. The endless fields of barrack chimneys at Birkenau, a mass grave in the woods, these drawings became meditations on experiences I do not —and cannot—know at first hand. Place becomes a vehicle for the exploration of many kinds of knowing: one’s own direct experience and its limitations, what can be intuited, what it is possible to learn at a distance, and what, finally, cannot be understood.

About sense of place in artist books

I am an artist. I find the ephemeral place in my art conjured up through practice. I sift through raw materials with my hopes and dreams, and ideas take form as if intended.
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