Opening Reception: “Notes on Clarissa, Volume II: A Selection, collages by Gelah Penn” – Library
Opening Reception Saturday, September 16 from 5pm – 7pm. The show will be on display through October. Registration is requested for the opening reception.
Notes on Clarissa is an ongoing project inspired by the 18th-century epistolary novel Clarissa by Samuel Richardson. The novel’s four-volume story is told primarily through the correspondence (500+ letters) between its four principal characters, and details the drama of a young woman’s seduction, violation, and ultimate tragedy. Each volume of Notes on Clarissa uses source images of one of Penn’s site-responsive installations, and each collage alludes to one of the letters in the novel. The 129 collages of Volume II are derived from 5 x 7-inch printed cards of Penn’s 2017 installation Situations, Zone 6 (Rockland) in “Materiality: The Matter of Matter” at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, ME. The exhibition at the Cornwall Library includes 20 collages from Volume II.