An exhibit of works by Elizabeth Claffey opens in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility. A reception for Claffey is scheduled for October 12 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm in the gallery. This exhibit is being held in conjunction with the Midwest Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference, and will be open for four days in Peoria starting October 12.
Claffey is an assistant professor of photography at Indiana University. She graduated with honors from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind. She holds a master of fine arts degree in photography from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, where she also earned a graduate certificate in women's studies. She received a 2012-13 William J. Fulbright Fellowship, which she used to support her documentary and creative research in Eastern Europe. Claffey’s work focuses on how personal and family narratives are shaped by interactions with both domestic and institutional structures and spaces. Her work has been recognized by various galleries and publications including PDN Magazine, Project Basho Gallery, Abecedarian Gallery, The Eddie Adams Workshop, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Dallas Morning News,and The Kinsey Institute. Her exhibit, Matrilinear, is an ongoing series that addresses embodied memory and its relationship to personal, familial and cultural identity. These images examine family folklore, ritual, and mnemonic objects passed down through generations of women. The photographs of each object reveal the physical remnants of a body long gone, including stains, tears, and loose thread from clothing that were kept close to the body for comfort and protection. The photographic representations are both a visualization and an expansion of stories shared as family lore.