Margaret Lewis Gilbreath Makes Art,  2009     video, audio and still frames

Margaret Lewis Gilbreath, my mother, loves to make miniature landscapes with small ceramic animals, plastic plants and bits of real rocks and sand that she has collected from the places she has lived and traveled. In 2008,  I decided to take a very close look at one of Mom's landscapes that she made between 1980 and 1985.  I used a cystoscope and a small cctv camera to get a close-up sense of traveling through the miniature landscape.  The audio consists of sounds that I recorded in and around Margaret's home in Kentucky over a period of five years, plus two excerpts from a reel-to-reel letter-tape that Mom recorded in 1960 to send to Dad, who was with the US Army overseas. 

 I am very grateful to the King County, Washington arts organization, 4Culture, for the generous grant which helped me produce this tribute to my mom.

The 12-minute video, Margaret Makes Art, can be viewed by clicking on the first thumbnail on the left, or by clicking here.  The remaining thumbnails on this page are still frames which have been printed and bound as a handmade book to accompany a DVD of the original video. 

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