Photographer and photo archivist Deborah Willis uses photographs taken by
her and by others to recover and reshape individual memories of self, family,
and community accumulated within shared nationhood. While her fabric-ated
histories printed on photo-sensitive linen sewn into quilts represent private
moments in her life and the lives of close family members, they open themselves
to interpretation by the very ubiquitousness of snapshots and familiar tactility
of cloth, allowing viewers to imagine themselves into her hand-sewn histories,
to connect our lived experience to hers, thereby to re-interpret our own
lives. Her new photographic work examines the strong female body and its
history. Willis is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship 2000.
Willis was an artist in residence at the Kemper Museum.