The Spirit and the Sailor
Leslie Nobler (BFA 1980)
Handmade dolls left behind by children lost during genocides in the USA and Europe inspired this piece. This is based on my exploration of the literature, and the life of and about children during WWII and special relics preserved during the Holocaust - pairing that up with those ritual objects representing groups subject to genocide in the USA, i.e. native Americans.The value of the heritage and “soul” of these majestic, and sometimes sorrowful, artifacts contributes to my artwork’s “human” - touchable - attitude both literally and emotionally. The larger piece above is the monoprint that came first; beneath it you see an open “spread” of the artist's book by the same name.
This work is featured as part of Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work. This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university's Bicentennial year.