From Gesture to Jester: Finding the Reality of Memory

Visitors will also be able to explore this idea for themselves by drawing on a new roll of paper to create our very own community long drawing.


Mar 04 2022


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This exhibit features an artist’s explorations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using a long roll of paper, graphite, Conte crayon and colored pencils, Molly Wullstein Van Austen illustrated her thoughts, memories, and imaginings. The gestures in Conte crayon will be brought together in this exhibit as the 175 foot drawing winds its way through the Chessman Gallery.

Van Austen reflects on “a long life and a long drawing,” having lived through the Polio pandemic as well as our most recent experience. “The isolation makes me concentrate on others. Each image in this long drawing is a meditation on some dear person in my life. That brings me joy and sadness. Memories prolong life and intensify our emotions.”

Her show will open with a reception on Friday, March 4, from 5 to 7 pm, and will remain in the gallery through May 1. A virtual gallery tour will be posted on the LCCC’s Facebook page (@lincolncityculture) on March 5.