From our Newsletter: Lament for Our World

"Grief" 2-Color woodcut by Margaret Adams Parker

The exhibition “Lament for Our World” was a retrospective look at works by Margaret Adams Parker exploring the theme of Lament. Created over the past 15 years, the 34 works in the show – woodcuts, etchings, and sculpture – are the artist’s way of bearing witness to the suffering and terror in our world.

She writes: These images were not made in any systematic fashion – instead they are my responses to individual events or acts which seized my imagination. They are images through which I bear witness to scenes and events that from which we avert our eyes. Albert Schweitzer expressed this in his admonition: “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” As did Elie
Wiesel when he asserted, “It is so much easier to look away from victims. It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes”. These Laments are my way of acknowledging these sorrows.

Lament for Our World, a solo exhibition of prints and sculptures by Margaret Adams Parker at the College of Southern Maryland, September 9 – October 23, 2011

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