Mapping Memory

October 3, 2006 - November 26, 2006
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Mapping Memory by A.C. Berkheiser & Elysa Voshell

This collaborative exhibition of artists' books explores intersections in the two artists' work on mapping memory through the process of reading, and draws from a variety of visual and written sources. Berkheiser's books define the effects of Alzheimers's disease through destructive weather analogies, while Voshell's books explore differences between surveillance technologies and the theory of personal geography. Exhibited together, these books create a dialogue about how reading visual and textual narratives can evoke the inscription and erasure of memory.

BPL Exhibition, A.C. BerkheiserA.C. Berkheiser's work is exhibited at such venues as the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), The Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Boymans Van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam, Netherlands), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is featured in Printmaking Today and her bookworks and critical writings have appeared in art publications. Berkheiser has received numerous awards, and her work lives permanently in institutions such as Tate Britain, The Women's Library and the collection of the Wellcome Trust (London), and the Manchester Metropolitan University Library (Manchester, England).


Elysa Voshell has exhibited her work in exhibitions such as the London Artist's Book Fair, the Seoul International Artist's Book Fair and Crossovers: Craft, Art, Design at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including a Special Opportunity Stipend from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and she has published art criticism and poetry. Voshell's works are held in international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace/Artists' Book Collection, the Tate Britain (London) and the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Elysa Voshell headshot credit: Jacques-Jean Tiziou