Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer

The small works in this show are inspired by proverbs from around the world. People have looked at the behavior of animals and applied that behavior to people. The animals teach us lessons that should be heeded. It is often amazing to me when sometimes very distant cultures have very similar proverbs. Our human family is not that different from one side of the world to the next. The lessons in these proverbs can be understood by all.

My artistic training was in the traditional craft of hand Bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA and my graduate study was in the field of Folklore at University College Cork in Ireland. I use the skills and knowledge from both of these pursuits in my work.