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Clay Street Press and Gallery

October 2018

Evidence (of a life lived)

October 12, 2018December 15, 2018

Is it possible to create a narrative of a life lived from saved (but long-forgotten) photos, slides, negatives, documents, and objects kept for safekeeping in an old children’s bank—one looking like a miniature safe with a combination lock—the combination for which is lost and must be broken into?

Evidence (of a life lived) presents this “archive” as a series of questions. Do the images, documents, and mementos one saves contain enough information in themselves to construct a narrative of a life lived? Do they contain evidence of the broader picture, the times in which they were created? The place they were created? What do they say about what one saves for an unknown future, and why? Will the viewer find their own meaning in the images and construct a different narrative of a life lived through the anonymous archive presented?

  • Mark Patsfall, Boston Common 1968, 1968–2017. Archival digital print, 11 x 14 in. Courtesy of Clay Street Press

  • Mark Patsfall, and Larry, 1958 - 2017. Archival digital print, 14 x 11 inches. Courtesy of Clay Street Press


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