The Reminiscence Series deals with my private journey in re-visiting my past.

I grew up in a large Irish-American family in the Midwest. Drawing on that experience, I collected old family photographs and letters and transferred them to a variety of surfaces ranging from plexiglass, acetate, mylar, bristol board, foam core, paper, raised wooden panels and a Japanese scroll book.

This process involved the slow building and careful layering of images and letters. This overlaying offers a translucency from multiple sources which appear to mysteriously float in and out of each other throughout the collage, resulting in a lyrical expression which is both delicate and direct.

My invitation to linger and contemplate these collages may offer the viewer a challenge as well as a comfort.   These works evoke a simple yet powerful message that the past is never dead, and that "home" is not just a place but also period in time.

Reminiscence
Sheila McInerney  Reminiscence mixed media
Reminiscence No. 14
1998-2001
mixed media
9 1/2 x 11 inches
Sheila McInerney  Reminiscence mixed media
Reminiscence No. 20
1998-2001
mixed media
20 x 15 5/8 inches
Sheila McInerney  Reminiscence mixed media
Reminiscence No. 64
1998-2001
mixed media
11 x 14 inches
Sheila McInerney  Reminiscence mixed media
Reminiscence No. 158
1998-2001
mixed media
9 x 9 inches
Sheila McInerney  Reminiscence mixed media
Reminiscence No. 156
1998-2001
mixed media
9 x 9 inches
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