look at our photos when we are gone?
full of photographs, mostly portraits dating from the 1920s, through
the 1950s, came to me by way of my Aunt Renee. She lives in Muscatine
Iowa and acquired these images from a woman’s estate. The woman's heirs,
not knowing or easily recognizing the sitters discarded the photographs.
These once precious objects, had lost their value.
The idea that these images had to be attached to a memory to be important
Sorting through hundreds of photos, I realized that this was the woman’s
personal collection representing all of her friends and family throughout
her lifetime. People’s faces appeared over and over again at different
stages in their lives and I began to take ownership of what I could
discover from these pictures alone.
Captured by their universal beauty, I approach these images as subject
matter and create my own relationship with these individuals. These
portraits possess a look of determination and hope. They represent us
Katherine Strause exhibits nationally and is currently the Artist in
Residence in Painting at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University.