ACA mentoring artist Phoebe Gloeckner is the reason I applied to the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency in the first place. I am almost done with my 3 week stay here and I want to share a few posts about some of my fellow artists.
On the left is my sketch of Phoebe. On the right is an illustration of her's from Minnie's 3rd Love. My first encounter with Phoebe Gloeckner's work was randomly pulling A Child's Life and Other Stories off the shelf in a comix store. Once I opened it I couldn't put it back. As I stood there reading I definitely experience an emotional journey that I hadn't anticipated casually walking in off the street.
For the last 15 years or so, Phoebe has been working on a complex quasi-documentary project that is centered on the tragic experiences of a family living in Jaurez, Mexico. She meticulously reconstructs scenes from Juarez as one-quarter sized dioramas that are evocative and unsettling. The project is ongoing, and a number of these dioramas were published in I Live Here, Pantheon 2010. Instead of trying to summarize Phoebe's work myself let me point you towards an article in The Believer: