The overlapping histories of “Ghost Piano” series was initially inspired by the piano that was sitting outside on my first visit to Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake NY. Each time it appeared more dilapidated and paradoxically more beautiful. Aside from its aesthetic appeal as subject matter for artmaking, it calls up the few memories that I have of my father, who played and wrote music. I have been able to explore this material and use fragments from some of his sheet music in concert with images based on the piano. Music was central to his life, and there was always a piano in my early years. He must have had a good time as a young man working on “The Little White House By the Sea” with his musical partner. There is a photograph labeled “the original little white house” and it frustrates me that I have come upon it too late to know what that was all about. Saranac Lake resonates with a sense of the past, echoing nostalgia for a time that only reveals itself through old photographs and objects that have drifted down through history to us.
Rodgers is grateful for the support of the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program.