Literary Nonfiction. Art. PURGED: THE ART OF METAMORPHOSIS chronicles artist Nancy J. Rodwan's multi-year project of taking unwanted items cast off by friends, loved ones, and acquaintances, and transforming them into art. Rodwan reworked everyday goods like clothing, kitchen utensils, obsolete electronics, books, toys, and car parts into paintings, sculptures, fiber art, assemblages, and collages — as well as into provocative meditations on Americans' relationships with their stuff. In addition to before-and-after photos of each donated thing and the artwork it became, this volume — a companion to the Purged exhibition mounted in a Detroit-area gallery in spring 2018 —contains Rodwan’s thoughts on the back stories of the objects given to her and/or descriptions of her process of recreating them. It also features original contributions by writers Maia Asshaq, Terry Blackhawk, Andrea Daniel, and Bill Harris.
Nancy J. Rodwan is an award-winning filmmaker, visual artist, and writer. Her art has been exhibited in museums, festivals, and galleries, including the Scarab Club, Detroit Artists Market, Lawrence Street Gallery, Riverside Arts Center, Tangent Gallery, and the Annex Gallery at 333 Midland, among others. She has directed, shot, animated, and edited several short films and a feature-length documentary. Her films have been screened in numerous national and international film festivals. Her publishing credits include Work Literary Magazine, Upstreet Magazine, Greenprints, San Pedro River Review, and I Just Wanna Testify: Poems about Detroit Music published by Michigan State University Press. She lives in Detroit.Author City: DETROIT, MI USA