Donna Wesley Spencer is a founding member and past president of Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL.  She currently lives in a small town in North Carolina. The images in SxSE’s “Small Works/Big Show” exhibition are from her series, The Spirits That Remain. The photographs are printed on a translucent vellum paper and are then gilded by hand on the reverse side. The translucent vellum and the illumination with gold on the reverse side create a luminosity that varies with the light. The images chosen for this work could have been made yesterday or decades ago as the  light seems to come from another time to illuminate the spirits that remain. If all work is autobiographical, this body of work reflects her lifelong love of art, history, and 19th century literature.

 

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