Boise State University
Jill Fitterer is an Associate Professor at Boise State University where she has directed the printmaking program since 2005. She founded the Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance in 2009 to strengthen regional ties within the discipline. Jill holds an M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach and a B.F.A. with distinction from Sonoma State University. Her work has been exhibited in Japan, England, Italy, Argentina, China, and New Zealand among other locations around the world and in the United States.
Translucent, gentian-stained strands of hand-printed, hand-cut washi form this installation. Evoking nerves, nests and heirloom lace, this work confronts boundaries, heredity, memorial and choice. Hair holds a tangle of social implications. Repulsive if found in your food it has been saved over the centuries in mourning jewellery or other memorializing purposes. This project airs and publicly sheds unwanted memories and ritualistically expels negative genetic traits. The harvesting of my hair spanned six years beginning June 6, 2006 and ended on February 11, 2011. The collection marks this specific time period, yet if protected may exist far beyond my own lifetime.