Opening Reception for "Memento Mori" in Ames, Iowa.

“Memento Mori” an exhibit of 47 mixed media artworks opens at the Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames, Iowa on Friday, May 26th and continues through Saturday, July 1st, 2017.  There will be a reception on Friday, June 2nd, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., which also coincides with ArtWalk Downtown on Main Street.  Both events are free and open to the public.

The work on display is colorful, complex and layered with meaning. Incorporating materials and techniques such as glass mosaic, embedded items, found objects, collaged, painted or carved text and representational images, Joffe-Bouska’s artwork is rich in symbolism.  Though the natural world has always provided inspiration and reference, her artwork investigates universal themes of relationship and nuances of the human condition, such as alienation, loss and longing, healing and forgiveness. 

Describing her current series, Joffe-Bouska writes:


For years I’ve collected found and discarded objects that simply look intriguing to me.  Either for their physical attributes or meaning, I’ve been incorporating these into my artwork—building upon the associations they carry and their unexpected juxtaposition with more refined and more traditional art materials.  My most recent work incorporates these found objects with animal bones I’ve acquired.  I see the vestiges of life they hold.  I’ve titled this series “Memento Mori”—reminders of the ephemeral nature of life.