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History influences artwork on exhibit at Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College

February 6, 2009

Monotype and relief prints by artist Heather Self will be on exhibit from Feb. 23 to March 27 in the Waddell Art Gallery at the Loudoun Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. A gallery talk and reception, open to the public, are scheduled for Feb. 25 at noon. The campus is located at 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway in Sterling. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Self’s recent works are multiple plate intaglio, monoprint and gum transfer combinations. The series was created in her Harpers Ferry studio in a space that once served as a Civil War hospital.

“Being there has influenced this body of work more than any other studio I have worked in,” Self said. “Harpers Ferry is a formidable place of power and ingenuity, even if it is mostly a museum now. With its bloody, revolutionary history and wild floods, Harpers Ferry to me represents the intersection of the best and worst in both nature and humanity.”

Self is interested in the ways people experience the past through the senses but without directness. “In Harpers Ferry, the stone steps I walk on were stained with blood for years. After the Battle of Antietam, so many wounded men were packed into the Catholic church up the hill that a ‘river of blood’ flowed down the steps to the street below. I find it difficult not to think about the past in a place like that,” she said.

To learn more, contact Donald Depuydt at 703-450-2627 or

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