“When the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it’s time for artists to make their mark.”

-Joni Mitchell

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10 thoughts on “Guestbook

  1. We are the music makers,
    And we are the dreamers of dreams,
    Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
    And sitting by desolate streams;—
    World-losers and world-forsakers,
    On whom the pale moon gleams:
    Yet we are the movers and shakers
    Of the world for ever, it seems.

    (First stanza of the poem Ode by
    Arthur O’Shaughnessy — 1873)

    This came to mind as I wandered through this “site”.
    What a powerful testimony to the bonds of a mother and a daughter and the power of art to reveal, heal and transform. So lovely that you are bringing Shelley’s exquisite photographs to our attention. I feel her shyness and her power and her deep, deep love for the world and especially for her beautiful children. I am filled with both great joy and sadness. What a wonderful thing you have done my dear Jessica.

  2. This is a beautiful thing. Ritual is so important and what a meaningful way to go about it. I miss you Jessica and thank you for inviting me to see these intimate figments. Your family is absolutely lovely.

  3. Hello Jessica,
    What a beautiful tribute to your mother and also to yourself, as artists and people: you through your mother’s eyes, she through yours, then-now, always-nevermore, one yet two. This whole site is a song that moves me to listen to the world with different eyes. I’ve known you mostly for your shadow puppetry and clowning, but looking at everything else you do I feel that as an artist you’re up there with people like Janie Geiser, Bill Viola, Meredith Monk, Mary Beth Edelson—all artists I admire for their integrity and guts… It’s also fascinating to see that your mom, too, was working with image overlay and projection! You two seem profoundly connected in the ways you look for wonder in the world and seek to share it with the rest of us. I can’t say it better than someone else has already done: what a wonderful thing your have done, Jessica! Hugs, Kris

  4. Dearest Jessica, this is a beautiful visual elegy for your mother, full of memories and life. I can only imagine the rollercoaster of emotions it took to put this exhibition together, and how close it has brought you to your mother even though she is far away. Many of your mother’s photographs are embedded in my memories from my friendship with you, and it was nice to revisit them and also see some works that I haven’t seen before. I wish I was able to visit the show in person to see them in full scale. You should be proud, Jessica! Both of you, putting this show together, and of your mom, the artist. Much love. Xoxo

  5. Beautiful homage to Shelley. Jessica, you are an amazing young woman. Thank you for keeping these treasures accessible to us.
    Shelley, “it’s been a long day without you my friend, I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again ” – Wiz Khalifa
    Such meaningful lyrics.
    Thank you

  6. I am so blessed to have had Shelley in my life. She was my best friend for 18 years. But more than that, she was a sister to me. We shared many memorable moments together. Our birthdays were days apart and every year we would decide whether to celebrate on her day or mine or somewhere in between. We also had lovely, collaborative dinners to celebrate Easter, spring equinox, summer solstice, autumn equinox, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. One New Year’s Eve dinner was interrupted by a power outage while a storm raged on. Luckily we had plenty of snacks, candles, libations and a wood stove to keep us warm.

    I’ll never forget her laugh. Or the tentative message on my phone when I missed her call: “At the beach?” she’d ask, knowing that if I wasn’t home I was probably walking the dog. Shelley and I shared a psychic connection. She knew when to ask the right questions and I knew when to probe a little deeper into her thoughts. I miss her terribly.

    Thank you, Jessica, for bringing this memorial to fruition. It’s unfortunate that we could not all be together to celebrate at this time, but we all remember Shelley in our own way and we are grateful to see the art that she created and the influence of her life on your own.

    Much love.

  7. Thank you, Jessica, for taking the time, making the time, to gather your mother’s photographs and portraits in a place for all to see. She must have been an incredible human. I’m sending the link to friends who will truly appreciate this inspiring, kind, healing, and beautiful gift. Big love, Kate

  8. A very precious showing…I can sense how her love threaded through your, and your brother’s life as she took her journey with you both by her side. I was happy to have had some conversations with my cousin early in 2018 and I remember her warm voice and kindness. Take care and I believe she will always be close to you ❤️🌻.

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