Curator’s Statment: Liz Ahl

November 3rd, 2016 by Rebecca

We come to know the White Mountains as we come to know any place – through personal experience and through overlapping dimensions of geography, geology, ecology, history, humanity. In this exhibition and in this collection of poems, these dimensions are rendered in the transformational works of printmakers and poets.

Ink or pigment pressed or burned or rolled onto paper: a blazed trail to follow. Paper whose very fibers harbor ghosts of the logged North Country. These poems offer us granite and grief. They offer us the waters and the waitress. Storms and warblers and wanderers. Golfers and owls. Communion and solitude and the well-trod path strung between those poles.

These poems, individually and collectively, offer us a both a portrait of a place and a portal through which we might (re)experience it.  As much as these poems will introduce newcomers to a fascinating and vital region, they will also grant even the most seasoned White Mountain “locals” fresh perspectives on familiar landscapes.

Great art in all media can do this – make that which is new or foreign familiar to us, and make that which is familiar new and strange to us again.

Liz Ahl, Co-Curator of Finding Place on Paper: Contemporary Poets and Printmakers Explore the White Mountains