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Lenny Lyons Bruno: Coal Camp Series

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Lenny Lyons Bruno was born in a West Virginia coal camp in 1947. The Coal Camp Series is a virtual narrative of her early years. Ms. Bruno shares her memories in large paintings that incorporate a wide variety of materials including quilts, photographs, ledgers and found objects, many of which date back to that era. Her sculptures are comprised of everyday objects reconfigured into iconoclastic forms that create a sense of reflection and wonder. The paintings and sculptures in this series are not overtly romanticized statements, nor are they nostalgic longings for the past. Instead they are powerful mixed-media works which present complex surfaces that can be read in multiple ways. The objects in this series are works of passion created after years of putting distance between the present and the past. They are stand-ins or symbols for people, places and lifestyles long gone. Each work is full of tension, humor, sense of place, the familiar and the mysterious. They are also rich repositories of intimately personal and family history, objects of desire and derision, conflicted diaries of love and animosity, and of self-exploration and forgiveness. Public Opening Reception for Re-Righting History and Lenny Lyons Bruno: Coal Camp Series : Sunday, November 13, 3:00-5:00PM Image: Lenny Lyons Bruno, House Journal , 2008. Acrylic, wood, fiber, metal, and paper. Image credit: Ellen Martin. Courtesy of the artist.

Lenny Lyons Bruno: Coal Camp Series
  • 8009 Fishburn Drive
  • Roanoke, VA 24020
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  • Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University
  • Free
  • Recurring daily