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Nancy Weis

My paper assemblages are based on visual and conceptual ideas drawn from archaeology and anthropology. The work does not intend to be read literally or to explore any particular culture, but rather to look at anthropology and archaeology as metaphors for the discovery and recovery of inner meaning. Physically in archaeology, and procedurally in other scholarship, we uncover information in small, unconnected bits, piece by piece, allowing one interesting fragment to lead us on a search for the next. Often the connections and patterns we find in the various layers of information come as much from out need to organize ideas coherently as from documentable relationships among the objects or facts. Human beings classify things, assign meaning to them, and arrange them in ways that may or may not be decipherable by others, but which are universally recognizable as artificial forms of organization. Our fascination with mysterious fragments tells us as much about ourselves as about the cultures that produced them.


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