Anonymous Ancestors


To stand within Susan Lenz’s Anonymous Ancestor is to become immersed in the myriad for family stories handed down through generations. Thousands of anonymous, vintage photographs have been altered to create a nostalgic interior. Works include framed, altered images; furniture upholstered with image transferred fabric; artist books; and three sculptural garments. Viewers are invited to sit, browse through altered photo albums and scrapbooks while contemplating the future of their own heirlooms. The site-specific installation transforms the gallery into comfortable sitting parlor where the inhabitants become distant aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, siblings, and in-laws. They are society’s family tree, our collective wall of ancestors.

Reception: August 26, 2023 from 11am - noon

Susan Lenz - Anonymous Ancestors installation

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Ridgeland, South Carolina
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Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage
10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd
Ridgeland, SC 29936
United States