She Left For Good One Time but Came Back
“She Left For Good One Time, But Came Back” is a series of 53 paintings by North Dakota native Shelly Julian Bunde currently touring through the North Dakota Art Gallery Association. The collaged works depict one fictional (but familiar) woman for every county in North Dakota and include a two- or three-line biographical sketch, the sort of tidbit one might recall about a character from one’s childhood.
In the paintings, every woman or girl but one is identified by her husband’s, grandfather’s, father’s, or even father-in-law’s name. Bunde recalls that when she was a girl, women were regularly addressed by, and addressed themselves by their husband’s name, like “Mrs. John Kuntz,” for example. Growing up in North Dakota in the 1970s, Bunde says she was unaware of the Women’s Movement happening at that time, but observed that her mother and the women around her were extremely competent and hard-working, busy raising children, doing heavy chores and, in their “spare” time, running clubs and making crafts of every imaginable kind. Still, recipes submitted to the church cookbook were credited to the likes of “Mrs. Lyle Olson.” It was puzzling to her as a girl.
In these paintings Bunde tries to bring the woman’s story into the foreground, just a little—but not too much, remembering that most of the women she knew would not likely have drawn attention to themselves.
The paintings are collaged with pieces of North Dakota road maps, vintage fabric and other tidbits.
Shelly Julian Bunde currently resides in Bozeman, Montana. For more information, visit www.shellybunde.com.
Artworks of former Williston Resident, Jim Innis, will be on display in Gallery II at the James Memorial Art center in October 2014
Jim was an accomplished artist, illustrator and calligrapher. He was an art instructor in Chicago, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, and spent more than 16 years teaching at Long Beach City College, in California before retiring in 1983.
James Ernest Innis and his siblings, Ben, Jr. and Jeanette were born and raised in Williston. Their parents were Benjamin H., Sr. and Petra (Hovind) Innis.
The JMAC Board of Directors extends a special thank you to Kent and Brenda Lynch and the Jane Innis family for their support of the James Memorial Art center.