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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Gail Rebhan

SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: Mid-Atlantic

Palimpsest: Layers Of Time

These photo-collages are an unsentimental look at local cultural history. Focusing on specific sites, my artwork documents how the use of these locations changes over time. Changes reflect evolving attitudes towards race, ethnicity, and gender. Examining how our social history progresses and transforms is an important component of my work.

This work was created during an artist residency at the Sandy Spring Museum and examines ten locations in the Sandy Spring, Maryland area. This is the first time I have created photo-collages that explore an area that was until recently primarily rural. I blend archival and contemporary photographs, along with historical news-papers, maps, advertisements, ephemera, and text into one final image for each site. Using layers of various opacities, I convey a sense that the past never goes away entirely.

1310 Olney Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, Maryland

908 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Sandy Spring, Maryland- ca 1917-1928 /2016

18035 Georgia Avenue, Olney, Maryland - 1917/2016

18100 Georgia Avenue, Olney, Maryland

18065 Georgia Avenue, Olney, Maryland

3201 Sandy Spring Road, Olney, Maryland - 1936/2016

16800 Georgia Avenue, Olney, Maryland- ca 1940s/2016

2 Ashton Road, Ashton, Maryland- ca 1930s /2016

New Hampshire Avenue and Tree Lawn Drive, Ashton, Maryland

6010 Riggs Road/5815 Riggs Road, Claysville, Maryland

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