Joan Tenenbaum: A Sense of Place, The Ways We Connect to Our Earth

Exhibition Dates:

November 3, 2011 - November 26, 2011

Involved Artists:

Joan Tenenbaum

Featured Works

brother-tree-2010-11031-2In her 2011 solo exhibition, Joan Tenenbaum will explore the ways in which traditional peoples have rooted themselves within their landscape in order to embrace life.  Her work this year will again derive from her ever-deepening understanding of the Alaska Native communities where she lived and continues to visit.

With her usual meticulous craftsmanship and attention to fine detail, Tenenbaum has created exquisite wearable jewelry expressing such themes as the seasonal subsistence cycle in her Alaskan family’s community, and how tradition and beliefs tie the community to their landscape. She explores how traditional travel narratives embody a mental topographic map and recount each stopping place along a well-traveled route. And she honors the salmon, who give their life to everything in their landscape.