Malone Art Gallery
Work by Michele Waalkes
Legacy is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.”
This exhibit explores what we want to endure as a legacy of our lives. What do we yearn to be remembered for after we are gone? How do we want to leave our mark on the world beyond our existence? How can we enrich the future?
My experience of legacy was heightened while living temporarily in Washington, DC. Around every corner there, it seems a person, event, or people group is memorialized. From a tiny garden in front of our apartment to bridges and highways to the iconic Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and Washington Monument, there are remembrances all around.
The works here started as photos that I transferred onto gold-gilded surfaces to capture the preciousness of ways we leave our mark. Whether in words, character, our branch in the family tree, accomplishments, how we lived out our calling in everyday life, or our part in the community, traces of us endure as legacies.