fragments opens feb. 2 at the little gallery

Fragments by Sophie Newell opens Friday, Feb. 2, at the little gallery, 5901 Maple Street in downtown Benson. The reception runs from 6:00 to 9:00pm.

Newell is a mixed media artist who works mainly with drawing, collage and digital tools. Originally from Manchester, England, she attended Edinburgh College of Art and received a BA in Visual Communication in 2009. She has exhibited work in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and has lived in Omaha since 2014.

Below is her artist’s statement:

“I am fascinated by themes ranging from maps and journeys to biography and the idea of telling stories through objects. I often venture into this subject by using found objects and photographs to create original pieces that tell a life story, either real or imagined.

Fragments is a response to a found scrapbook made by teenager Louise Plunkett in the early to mid 1920s. Louise grew up in Council Bluffs and Omaha, and the book documents her high school years at Abraham Lincoln and then Omaha South high schools. The pages include letters from friends, newspaper clippings, photographs and event tickets, and include handwritten captions and comments scrawled in the margins.

By using imagery and text from the book, I aim to elevate and preserve the ephemeral. The intimate process of sifting through a stranger’s memories allowed me to form a personal connection to Louise through the mementos she kept. This collection is my exploratory attempt to ‘connect the dots’ and construct a narrative from these remnants.”

Fragments runs through Feb. 24 at the little gallery. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 1:00pm and by appointment. For more information, call 402.681.1901.

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