Photocollagraphs included in Tactile Print exhibition, opening August 12, 2017 at ECA+ Gallery in Old Town Hall, Easthampton, MA; curated by Hannah Richards.
My work comes out of a need to communicate outside of language. It is the testimony and the investigation of experiences that cannot be put to bed; too unwieldy to be written down, spoken aloud, or relegated to memory.
The prints included in this show are part of my exploration of the competing roles of the Artist-Mother, Mother-Artist and an acknowledgement of the immense influence that my two-year-old son has had on my work and my practice.
I am more comfortable in my own skin and more sure of my identity as an artist than ever before. I have never before felt so compelled to make work, with so many ideas to pursue. I have never before had so much pressure on my time and attention.
My approach to reconciling this tension has been to chip away at the boundaries between life and art, mother and artist. Instead of an impediment, it has become a spark.
July 5, 2017–July 31, 2017; Reception: July 31, 5-7:30pm Hosmer Gallery, Forbes Library, 20 West Street, Northampton, Massachusetts
My gelatin plate monotype “Clothes that are too small or no longer needed (pumping bra)” is included in a collection of new prints by 63 members of Zea Mays Printmaking Studio. The exhibit features a wide breadth of styles and techniques, all using non-toxic, alternative printmaking processes with a clear commitment to innovation and quality.
The Real Remembered a solo exhibition of “quilts made for remembering and prints made from clothes that are too small or that are no longer needed” will be mounted at 1550 Main Street in Springfield, MA. The show is part of the Art Stop(s) program and will be up through June, 2017. Opening: Wednesday, April 5, 4:30–6pm.
Esther S White, Clothes that are too small or no longer needed (toddler jeans), 2017, gelatin plate monotype, 16″x21″
ESW, Practicing Everyday, 2016, 31”x44”; quilt: cotton, wool, ber-reactive dye; relief printed, deconstructed screen printed, machine stitched and hand tied