“Plural and Partial: Tracing the Intergenerational Self” is an exhibition of seven contemporary artists — Valerie Atkisson, Liberty Blake, Angela Ellsworth, Jann Haworth, Amy Jorgensen, Annie Kennedy, and Shawn Rossiter — whose work investigates the making of identity that draws upon the plurality of the self and the span of partial influence that is made from generation to generation.
These artists examine the self through an intergenerational lens; in particular, the relationship between mother and daughter. Some mothers are both of blood and religious inheritance, such as Angela Ellsworth’s reference to her ancestor Eliza R. Snow. Some mothers are political, such as the suffragist and cultural references found in Amy Jorgensen’s “Well Behaved Women.” Some artists are linked more intimately to their own mothers, such as Valerie Atkisson and Annie Kennedy. Jann Haworth’s work is varied and at time makes reference to those visual memories we inherit, either through art history or personal experience. For Liberty Blake and Shawn Rossiter, their work negotiates the exchange that is part of making work within a cooperative, as a team, straddling two individual voices, two separate countries. Incidentally, two artists included in the exhibition are mother and daughter — Jann Haworth and Liberty Blake.
Works in collage, cut paper and fabric, sewn sculpture, and video are all used to explore the ways we imprint ourselves on one another and the many ways we consistently appropriate our inherited identities into ourselves. “We’re excited to be able to exhibit such a wide breadth of media from fantastic artists exploring a topic that is relevant to all of us,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey.