Barbara J. Dombach

the Forbidden Box

 

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                                                                                     STATEMENT

She was unfaltering in her religious strength as a devoted Reformed Mennonite, lost one child shortly after birth, raised four children, lived through the depression and against her religious principles sees her sons off to WWII.  Later in life her religious conviction would be tested beyond her allegiance.  Her written words are the inspiration for this project for I never really knew her but I felt her touch through every passage I read.

 

This project examines one women’s life, my grandmother Blanche, who with fidelity wrote in her diary nearly every day from 1915 to the day before she passed away in 1955 and she hid every volume in a box.

 

I selected to use the Wet Plate Collodion Process for this project because just as my grandmother lived shadowed throughtout her life by the austere rules of the church, she and her religious convictions were not perfect and never are two Wet Plate Collodion Tintypes the same.

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