Celebrate Mother’s Day with artist Ellen Cantor, dnj Gallery Director Pamela Schoenberg and LA Weekly’s Arts Editor Shana Nys Dambrot on Zoom, this Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 12pm. The art talk will feature Ellen’s book, “VISUAL DNA…the language of photographs,” and “Mothers And Daughters” a limited edition handmade photo book by the artist.

Ellen Cantor talks about how the book came about – “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.”

*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 the proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Food Forward.

This event is co-sponsored by The Los Angeles Center for Photography. *RSVP to office@dnjgallery.net and you will be sent the link to log on via Zoom. http://www.dnjgallery.net/