October 3, 2006 - November 26, 2006
Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Artist Talk: Tuesday, November 7, 6 PM, Lobby Gallery

WAKE by Carrie Iverson

This art installation is a memorial to the U.S. soldiers and Iraqis who have died in Iraq over the past year. It began as a way to grasp the reports of the conflict in Iraq. I wanted to try to understand what the casualties meant in more human terms, to read about and see the individual men and women who had lost their lives. My hope in creating this piece is to show the cumulative effect of so many lives lost, yet still reflect their individuality. I think it is important to see the faces of the dead so that they can be respected and remembered.

As the installation developed, I realized that I wanted to show Iraqis as well as U.S. soldiers, to present a more complete picture. I struggled with the best way to do this since I could find so little information about them. Using blank sheets of paper was better than not representing them at all; the blankness also seemed poignantly expressive of their anonymity here.

BPL Exhibition, Carrie IversonCarrie Iverson is a printmaker, painter and glass artist based in Chicago. Her work is held in public collections, including the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), the Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, GA), the Southern Graphics Council Archives at the University of Mississippi (Oxford, MI), as well as in private collections. Iverson's installation Wake was previously on view at the Phyllis Stigliano Gallery in Brooklyn.

To contact the artist: tcfj@comcast.net

Headshot photo © Pete Souza