Wounded HomeWounded Home painting by Kate Kern

Welcome to theExhibition

July 22, 2013 - January 20, 2014

Lloyd Library and Museum presented Wounded Home, an exhibition that was in the making since 2011, when guest art curator, Kate Kern, was invited to tackle the topic of the Civil War for the 150th Commemorative four-year cycle (2011-2015). The Lloyd wanted to provide a unique experience related to the war as well as commemorate a special event in its own historical timeline, namely the arrival of John Uri Lloyd to Cincinnati, Ohio, to begin his pharmacy apprenticeship, an act which ultimately led to the formation of the Library that bears his and his brothers' name. Learn more about the Lloyds and their Library.

The resulting exhibition, Wounded Home, took its inspiration from a Victorian era parlor ravaged by the losses and upheaval of Civil War America. Combining the vocabularies of an iconic household interior, including Victorian customs of mourning and grief, with text and images from the Lloyd's collection of Civil War resources, each artist created a facet of a poignant and disturbing room-within-a-room in the Lloyd's gallery space. The artists, Mary Jo Bole, Deborah Brod, Jenny Fine, Saad Ghosn, Celene Hawkins, Kate Kern, and Alice Pixley Young, met regularly from November 2011 through April 2013 and created new works specifically for this exhibition. Lloyd materials used by the artists during their research were also on display, inviting visitors to make connections between the exhibition and the sources of inspiration from the Lloyd's vast collection.

Below are sample images from each of the artists of their finished art, as well as a sneak peek at one of the sources from the Lloyd used by each artist to inspire their work.

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Watch the Channel 9, WCPO, video from opening night as Matt Peiken, Arts Editor, interviews the artists as well as Lloyd Exhibits Curator about the show, what it means, and what you'll be experiencing when you make your way through the Wounded Home.

Listen to the interview of co-curators, Kate Kern and Anna Heran, on Around Cincinnati, WVXU

Read the review of the show by Karen Chambers for AEQAI.

Mary Jo Bole


Mary Jo Bole wallpaper image

I created wallpaper that consists of square images printed in multiples on a Vandercook press. These surround a larger painting depicting a family tree. This central image meshes many aspects of my research without explanation like the depicted image of an elephant; troops called going into battle as "meeting the elephant" for example. The paper has bits of bark within it, enhancing a quality of impending chaos or decay.


Deborah Brod


Deborah Brod's table

My first thought when invited to draw from the Lloyd Library's rich collection of botanically-based books for this Civil War/domestic parlor exhibit: medicinal plants for healing. But as I delved into the root causes of the war, slavery took center stage: this antique table appears wounded, or at least fragile, with one leg broken. And the table covering won't lay flat: as if turned inside out, a tangle of viscera, full of stories, fully exposed, and vulnerable.

Legs of slaves

Jenny Fine


Wounded man wrapped in gauze

Upon discovering early illustrations of skin diseases in Dr. Walker's scrapbooks and The Photographic Atlas of Skin Diseases, I became interested in making contemporary renderings of diseases associated with the Civil War. I was drawn to these early medical illustrations for both their haunting presence and the process in which they were made. Inclined to engage in a similar form of creating, I photographed three contemporary individuals. Drawing with graphite and watercolors, I hand-altered the final photographs.

man with skin disease

Saad Ghosn


Representing the dead of the war

Both my pieces address the issue of war and that, irrespective of their stated motives, wars always have other real, hidden motives that deal with politics, control, domination, greed, profit... Sadly, the result of every war is a heavy human toll. One of the pieces, an installation, refers to the underestimated 620,000 individuals killed during the Civil War; the other, a photomontage, merges images of Civil War injuries and destruction with religious iconography, with the Lloyd Library providing the images of the wounded as a starting point.

Gangrenous arm

Celene Hawkins


pieces from Hawkins' chandelier

My piece explores the tragedy of industry and wealth built on the subjugation of the African peoples, and the attitudes embodied by D.A. Tompkin's statement: "The white man loves to control and loves the person willing to be controlled by him. The negro readily submits to the master hand, admires and even loves it. Left to his own resources and free to act as his mind or emotions dictate, no man can foresay what he is liable to do."

the vegetable lamb of tartary

Kate Kern


the Wounded Settee

I came across the multi-volume set of the Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion while searching for inspiration for another project.

The photographs and prints of wounds and wounded soldiers stayed with me, gradually developing into an idea of using the deceptively lush bullet entrance and exit wound image as upholstery on a period piece of furniture. The resulting Our Nation Mourns: Wounded Settee places the horror of war inside the home of a nation fighting itself.

bullet wounds

Alice Pixley-Young


mirror image

My research focuses on looking and longing and the tension created when one is confined to a specific place, role or identity. A cast glass picture frame with video projection will show long, meditative views of the Ohio River that shift visually from the river's Kentucky and Ohio sides, marking departure and arrival points for escaping slaves. Separately, an installation of cast glass lace collars (above) mark the absence of the figure, and also become a signifier of identity and place.

Rankin house

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the Wounded Home at the Lloyd Library - painting by Kate Kern

Painting of Lloyd Library and conceptual painting of the exhibition (page top) by Kate Kern. "Wounded Home" Doors derived from photograph by Curtis G. Lloyd of the former Lloyd Library and Museum building.

Generous Support for this project provided by:

SummerFair Cincinnati

Hawkins and Hawkins

Greener Stock

through the support of the
National Endowment for the Arts

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