In this reimagining of Opal Whiteley’s history, shadows speak to Opal, revealing a world that only she herself experienced. Using quotes from Opal’s childhood diary and a reconstructed narrative, The Language of Shadows explores how voices and shadows became real to a young woman and transformed her childhood memories. Drawings come together to form whole and changing landscapes; quotes from Opal’s diary, a twin voice, and mirrored images hint at her fractured inner view of her environment.
Elizabeth Boyne is a book artist who received her MFA from the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and her books can be found in a growing number of collections, including the University of Iowa and the Joan Flasch Artist Books Collection. Using handmade paper, letterpress printing, and traditional book forms, Boyne’s work uses mirrored images, fragmentation, and multiple voices to create narrative histories of unfamiliar spaces.