Shell-Shocked Shadows by Susan Martin Meggs

On view at the library is a black and white print series “Shell-Shocked Shadows” created by artist, Susan Martin Meggs represents a personal response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The response is paradoxical with multiple layers of meaning. Shells and beach are associated with family vacations, tranquility. There is the aspect of transparency of the shells in particular. The transparent “jingle” shells suggest the elusive, transparent nature of the virus and by their shape, a pox. At the same time, shells suggest a relaxing family vacation pastime: collecting shells on a beach. Shells are also skeletons of once living beings, and broken shells suggest loss and broken lives.  The beach and the ocean itself are paradoxes of peace and calm and beauty, versus at the same time always embodying the threat of ferocious storms, flooding and erosion.  

Tuesday, October 19 at 9:00am to 6:00pm

More dates through November 30, 2021

Joyner Library, First Floor Hallway
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

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Joyner Library

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Students, Faculty, Staff, Public


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Charlotte Daniels

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