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Sha Towers, Hedi Kyle
Art Library Rare Books Collection N7433.4.T694 K569 2015 box 3.2

"Pairing glimpses of the grandfather I never knew and glimpses of people known through social media, the work illuminates the dichotomy of knowing intimate details of someone while at the same time knowing little or nothing of substance about them. While the work has clear family history connections for me personally, my hope is that in paralleling the personal with the ubiquity of social media, more universal themes will surface reflection on identity, belonging, and the constant juxtaposition of the known and the unknown … I chose the blizzard book structure housing loose and unnumbered pages to highlight the fragmentary nature of the material and to allow the reader to explore the pieces without a predefined order. The outer structure incorporates acrylic mono printing representative of the color palettes of the iconic social media platforms referenced in the work"—Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC website, April 26, 2016.

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