Shared Earth Installation

As promised, I’m finally getting around to posting some photographs of the current exhibit at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana.  There are thirty prints in the show on two floors of the museum.  Each print was created using carbon pigment inks on Canson Edition Etching paper.  Those prints were then attached (using handmade photo corners) to Magnani Pescia printmaking paper and handwritten notes were added to the paper borders.  The exhibit also includes a large projected still image and a display table with artifacts from Poverty Point World Heritage Site.

The work is installed as a timeline that starts with the Lower Jackson Mound (built around 3900-3600 BC) through Poverty Point (1700-1100 BC) and ending with the Pargoud Mound (built around AD 1100-1540.)




Some of the photos include artifacts or archaeological drawings.


Most of the emphasis of the exhibit is on Poverty Point in celebration of its recent inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


This is a piece illustrating some of the different types of PPOs (Poverty Point Objects) found at the site.


And this is the projected image of the large (bird mound) at Poverty Point.


It’s been a long time from my first blog post back in July of 2011 to the completion of this body of work.  With this exhibit and an upcoming book (Poverty Point: Revealing the Forgotten City, LSU Press, release date of April 2015, co-authored with Diana Greenlee) and possible venues where this exhibit may travel, I am still amazed at the journey.  I really thought when I started that I was just creating a historical document that few people would find interesting.  But I believed in it and you believed in it.

You helped me begin the project with your financial contributions that paid for equipment and paper and ink and gas.  And you kept it going over the years with your words of encouragement.

I recently had a conversation with someone I had never met before.  She introduced herself and told me she had visited the exhibit, had studied each photograph and read each note and felt herself completely immersed in the timeline of these ancient mounds.  I hugged her and told her THAT made the whole project worthwhile.  And THAT would never have happened without the support of all of you.

Thank you.


About Jenny Ellerbe

I am a photographer living, and working, in northeastern Louisiana.
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3 Responses to Shared Earth Installation

  1. robertlfs says:

    Reblogged this on Archaeology, Museums & Outreach and commented:
    If you are anywhere near Monroe, Louisiana, be certain to check out this fantastic exhibition!

  2. Tim Grams says:

    Wow! That’s a beautiful display of your outstanding images Jenny. And a wonderful tribute to the original inhabitants of Poverty Point.

  3. A remarkable exhibit, the prints look stunning.

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