Eileen Cowin

Shelf Life

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Eileen Cowin’s 62-foot photographic mural is a glimpse into a personalized library featuring a bookshelf of carefully selected books and belongings that reflect the artist’s thoughts about current events. The bookshelf is a collage of distinct arrangements connected like frames of a film reel to create a photographic narrative.  Within Cowin’s bookshelf, a photograph of a dictionary displayed open, the only book shown open in the piece, sets the stage to invite viewers to think about immigration. The other books included on the bookshelf display only their titles along their spines. As a visual prop, these titles highlight themes of love, identity, citizenship, change, and place, further encouraging viewers to contemplate the universal connections we share no matter where we come from.

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