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CFS parents share their artistic talents in local exhibits
Posted 03/17/2010 05:34PM

Two CFS parents are showcasing their art work in local venues.

This past fall, Caperton Morton Andersson took part in a visual storytelling class at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies. Instructor Meg Daniels asked her students to photograph the September 26th North Carolina Pride Parade in Durham, just beyond the CDS' doors. As Daniels wrote,

Making images at the parade was mentally chaotic and physically challenging—politicians marched the route, ornate floats passed by, advocates ran past carrying flags, motorcyclists revved their engines, college students chanted, protesters yelled through megaphones, bystanders cheered. I encouraged the students to set aside their emotions, to document the parade through their viewfinder instead of their hearts.

Caperton describes her creative journey:

Since early childhood, I have had the need to create art with whatever (age appropriate) media was available to me—my voice, body, and imagination; food; shoeboxes, doilies, and leftover pieces of pink carpet padding; crayons, charcoal pencils, and paper; paint on cardboard, windows, and canvas; sheets of steel or found metal and a plasma cutter and a welding torch; a camera. The act of creating is a release for me—a way to clear out my imagination as my mind collects new project and story ideas from my life’s experiences.

Her photographs remain on display in Three Hours. West Main & Broad Streets in the Porch Gallery through April 17th. Details can be found at the CDS.

Golden Belt Arts (in Julian Shakespeare Carr's 1900 textile factory in Durham) showcases parent Tama Hochbaum's composite photography in Down the Rabbit Hole. The opening reception takes place March 19th from 6 to 9 pm & the show runs through April 19th. Details here.

Tama, mother of a CFS alumnus & a current student, shares her vision for these pieces:

I have felt an affinity to Lewis Carroll from the time of my graduate studies in painting at Queens College in New York in 1980. As part of the MFA degree I took a course with Robert Pincus Witten, critic and scholar, in the history of photography, and was drawn, in particular, to Carroll's photographs of Alice Liddell, she of the inspiration for his Alice in Wonderland. Studying photographs within a larger, more encompassing program of painting, would turn out to be a foreshadowing, of sorts, of what would in fact happen to me 15 years down the road, moving to photography after being a painter for 20 years.

Cut to the present, or the not-too-distant past. Lauren Turner, now of the Ackland Museum, approached me in the summer of 08 and asked if I would be interested in participating in an exhibition she was curating for the holidays. It would be a different sort of holiday show, one entitled Why Is a Raven Like a Writing Desk, and would consist of various artists' takes on the Lewis Carroll work. She was asking that the artists read the text and create a piece generated by their reading. I had seen the Disney movie many times with each of my children, and had even looked at the original Tenniel drawings some years ago after seeing an exhibition by Abelardo Morrell who used over-life-size photographs of the drawings for an Alice in Wonderland installation that was part of his retrospective at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. But I had never read the work.

With an assignment to do so, I was at the ready. In the end, I chose to depict a part of the story which happens at the very beginning, but in reading it, I was hooked. And in creating what is essentially an "illustration", I was also hooked. I loved working from the confines of a proscribed text (and what an amazing text that is!), loved the constraints of following orders, so to speak....Claire, my daughter, stars as Alice in this series, not an unusual role for her, a starring role, in an exhibition of mine. It was about six years ago that I had a show at the Horace Williams House entitled Claire, Through My Eyes which documented her life over the course of a number of years. Then, in July of 07 I had a second exhibition at the Horace Williams House entitled The Way I See Us, all photographs of my family, this time including my son, my husband, and myself. Claire, however, was the star of that show as well. She has been my inspiration for close to 14 years. It was with her birth that I began taking photographs in earnest, and she is, as someone noted not long ago, my muse. The exhibition Down The Rabbit Hole includes lots of other folks, but it is the star player, my daughter, on whose shoulders it all rests.

[Craig Jarvis highlighted Tama's exhibit on the front page of the "Life, etc." section in the March 30 News & Observer. In the March 26 Herald-Sun, Blue Greenberg enthused: "It would seem the Alice story would be too worn out to find some fresh way to illustrate it, but Hochbaum has done just that and the experience should send parents to the stores to introduce a new generation to one of literature's finest fantasies."]

Congratulations to both these talented CFS parents!

And, look for a story soon about the inaugural Art at the Center exhibit, featuring works by Upper School students in the Center Building, opening Thursday March 25th.

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