|Artist statement: "In my work, certain symbolic elements have developed into a visual vocabulary. Birds, hands, materials from nature, antique photographs, butterflies, playing cards, and spirals are all elements that perform an important role in my pieces. Freedom, chance, the natural lifecycle, and the human spirit are themes that these objects reflect. My pieces are an exploration of memory in relationship to real time. My work addresses the need to bear all and the desire to be heard through its tactile quality with the goal being to create a universal sense of self-discovery."
In a Perfect World
By Kerry McAleer-Keeler
Fredericksburg, Virginia: Kerry McAleer-Keeler, 2017. One-of-a-Kind.
9.75 x 4 x 12.75" box housing assembled objects. Bound in bookcloth and paper with leather tie-and-button closure. Signed by the artist. Materials used: bookboard, bookcloth, decorative paper, wood veneer, found photographic images from the late 1800 /early 1900's, barbed wire, shell material, antique key, butterfly, compass, goose egg, feather, found sheet music, US stamp, used target, and cyanotype small print. Signed by the artist.
Kerry McAleer-Keeler: "A quote by Thomas Jefferson became the inspiration for this piece – 'I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy as cause for withdrawing from a friend.'
"This quote addresses the current political climate where a difference of political opinion, of race, or of religion can be inflated or taken as offense. This quote brings current social immigration concerns into direct perspective. Photographs from the rise of the industrial era were used in the piece when America felt an uptick of immigration and a time when many can trace their own lineage. The text 'We were all immigrants once' in the piece notes sympathy with immigrants now living under stressful conditions in the US; simply wanting what other ancestors did — a better way of life. In a perfect world, this would be understood."
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