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An Object Lesson in Loss and Rediscovery


A triptych of figures: one with a saltshaker, one with knife and fork, and another with dinner napkin, recall the memories of a person interviewed by the artist in a composition titled “Regina Had Big Dinners.”
A triptych of figures: one with a saltshaker, one with knife and fork, and another with dinner napkin, recall the memories of a person interviewed by the artist in a composition titled “Regina Had Big Dinners.”
“Roger’s Grandmothers Were Cheaters” uses scratchy fabric to reflect Roger’s impression of his pinochle-playing grandmas.
“Roger’s Grandmothers Were Cheaters” uses scratchy fabric to reflect Roger’s impression of his pinochle-playing grandmas.
Healy discusses the stories behind her work.
Healy discusses the stories behind her work.
The “Lost and Found” series, which displays more than 75 objects based on stories solicited and submitted about objects people wished they still had. It’s notable, Healy told the audience, that most were not of great monetary value.
The “Lost and Found” series, which displays more than 75 objects based on stories solicited and submitted about objects people wished they still had. It’s notable, Healy told the audience, that most were not of great monetary value.
A set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures, given away by a mother, are still missed.
A set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures, given away by a mother, are still missed.

Philadelphia-based artist Kay Healy shared the stories behind her work during a Meet the Artist reception in The Gallery at Penn College on Thursday. Many of the works centered on stories she gathered from others: a series of lost objects, gleaned from interviews with and written submissions from more than 40 people, and the Walton Arts Center Series, created in response to interviews with eight volunteers and donors of the Fayetteville, Arkansas, center. Others represented her own memories. For depictions of lost objects, Healy drew a life-size picture of the object, transferred it to a screen and screen-printed it on fabric, which she then stuffed and quilted. Healy’s exhibition, titled “Vestiges,” remains on display through July 23 and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Sunday: 1-4 p.m.

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