Updated Sept. 19, 2019

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© 1989-2019 Janet Maher

    Ireland

    2009-2015

    Mirror Memory, encaustic over collage with photographic transfer, on cradled board, acrylic edges, 24" x 30" x 1.5", 2015. This image completed a long and productive multiple media project that ran alongside years of research and writing two scholarly books. Like much of my work, it continued to push the envelope of my technical skills, continually introducing new methods for me to explore as I worked with the content that challenged me to answer personal questions. 

    Bunker Hill News

    Stills From A Study In Memory, 2001-2005

    Bunker Hill News Revisited, artist book #2. My spoken word piece from 1981, recorded in 1996 along with a handfull of snapshots and two eight-grade graduation photographs formed the basis for this project. I created eight separate layered tracks and produced this book in 2003. It is made of 14 clear plastic CD boxes containing multiple images, some permanently closed, some opening into more pages, bound w/clear filament, 5” x 5 ¾” x 4.5” closed. Shelf is 9.25” x 16.25” x 4” containing CD player holder and headphone hook. Two "pages" contain images from a video made by artist Terry Nauheim of our hands and voices for an installation we did at an early stage of this project. A multitude of digital mixed media and pigmented inkjet prints on archival paper embody this project, which tracks my own learning curve using Adobe Photoshop and various means of printing. (Dedicated to Shirley Flaherty, who died in 2003.)

    Imagined Ancestors

    2006-2009

    Gertrude and Alice, pigmented inkjet print on archival paper, original digital collage; images from a nineteenth century photographer's sample album purchased from a vintage store. Originals were small separate cards without color.

    Artist's Books

    1980 - present

    The Opposite

    of Time

    2005

    The Opposite of Time #12. Conceived as an artist book, this series of twelve images incorporates cryptic text excerpts from notes my mother left to herself after she learned that she had terminal cancer. Each pigmented inkjet printed page was matted and framed, 14" x 12". Images are about 7 1/2" x 6".

    On the Road, 1998, pigital prints and color copied collages, 26 double-sided pages with translucent overlapping text. Pages were made as translucent origami-fold envelopes that slip onto the ribs of the folded spine. Non-adhesive binding, hard cover, bookcloth, satin closure. Size: 5” x 6 1/4” x 3 3/4” closed, opens into a circle. Each page is 6” x 4 1/4.”

    Imagery for the pages were generated from portions of the material I sent to writer Michelle Miller Allen for our collaborative project, Nest. The refers specifically to my transtition “on the road” between my former life in New Mexico and as-yet-unknown new life in Baltimore. Writing began as journal entries, but was highly edited to read as poetic vignettes.