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TORN: The Problem of Human Behavior by Margaret Sartor

TORN is an ongoing exploration into storytelling using the combined languages of words and images, beginning with found book pages and utilizing a variety of mark making and erasure techniques.

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” wrote Joan Didion. But stories can also tell us . . . how to remember or how to forget, how to hold on to experiences, or how to purge ourselves of them. And stories provide a way of reaching for answers where answers are rarely found—in the realm of human behavior.

TORN is an ongoing exploration into storytelling using the combined languages of words and images. It is a personal investigation into how taking pieces of a story out of the context of a larger story can create new meaning, and sometimes becomes a revelation of how we see, find, and create our own stories—which is, essentially, how we create ourselves.

In addition to 20 framed works on the exhibit wall, Margaret has many additional prints in the flat files from this ongoing series.