Wednesday, April 29, 2020

dnj Gallery -- artist Ellen Cantor

"Mothers and Daughters"

“Life doesn’t come with manual, it comes with a Mother” --Unknown

*Edition of 20. 
$250 for the 1st 10 books, which includes a 5"x7" print.
$150 for the 2nd 10 books.
 All books are signed by the artist Ellen Cantor. 

(All books are handmade
and include 10- 3X5 photographs from her 
2  series)

40% of all proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Food Forward.

"After finding a poem that described the unique relationship between Mothers and daughters, I started this book as a labor of love to honor my extraordinary Mom and my exceptional daughters.

Another prompt for this handmade book is my series, “VISUAL DNA…the language of photographs” at dnj Gallery, Santa Monica. Using family vintage photographs, this series suggests the passing of time and the fading nature of memory. The images challenge us to “read” and interpret a photograph filling in the visual language and context as best we can.

The final impetus for this book was a class in bookmaking I took at The Los Angeles Center of Photography. Combining images from my series ‘VISUAL DNA…the language of photographs” and “Family” with techniques I learned in the class, I created a hand-made book that celebrates the unique relationship between the generations. Each photograph is from my family archives and expresses the memorable link between not only Mothers and Daughters, but also Grandmothers.

I designed and printed the book myself and it is hand-stitched. There are two different options for the cover.

Making this book has been a creative challenge during this period of Covid 19. It reminds us that although we may not be able to see each other in person, family bonds are still strong."

**Please mark your calendar and join Ellen Cantor on Zoom, 
Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10th at 12pm 
as we discuss her latest book and her two adjoining series, "VISUAL DNA...the Language of Photographs" and "Family". The discussion will be joined by dnj Gallery Director Pamela Schoenberg, and led by Shana Nys Dambrot of LA Weekly.  
LACP (The Los Angeles Center for Photography) will co-sponsor this program.

RSVP to and we will send you the Zoom link.

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