Winter Air: A Journal
By Linda Hoffman
Portland, Maine: Linda Hoffman, 2001. Edition of 200.
10 x 6”; 20 portfolios of four pages each. Digital prints. Text letterpress in monotype Bembo. Laid in a cream double-thickness paper folder with accents of blue handmade flax paper. Housed in matching cream flax drop box.
Winter Air contains nine digital prints, the journal entries and short poems.
Linda Hoffman wrote Winter Air in memory of her mother, Dr. Annette B. Weiner, an extraordinary woman who did not go to college until her mid-thirties when she was married with two young children. Weiner went on to graduate school at Bryn Mawr College where she received her PhD in anthropology in 1974 and then very quickly became well known in her field for her groundbreaking book, Woman of Power, Men of Renown, New Perspectives on Trobriand Exchange. She was Chair of the Anthropology Department at New York University and then became Graduate Dean of Arts and Sciences. She died after a courageous battle with cancer in 1997.
Hoffman kept a journal on daily visits to an uninhabited island in the Nashua River in Pepperell, Massachusetts at the same time as her mother was traveling all over the world in her struggle with cancer. A portrait emerges of both mother and daughter from their early experiences together in New Guinea to Hoffman's return in 1998 to the Trobriands with her mother's ashes.
Linda Hoffman: "The book traces in distilled language the interwoven journey of our lives together. I travel in the book through word and image to the Trobriand Islands in New Guinea where I lived with her when I was fifteen when she was doing her early fieldwork and then returned again to New Guinea in 1998 with her ashes."
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