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Amalgam Hc An Immigrant His Labor Union And His American Family In Brooklyn (08/28/2024) Fantagraphics

Amalgam Hc An Immigrant His Labor Union And His American Family In Brooklyn (08/28/2024) Fantagraphics

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AMALGAM HC AN IMMIGRANT HIS LABOR UNION AND HIS AMERICAN FAMILY IN BROOKLYN (MR)
(W) FRANCES JETTER (A) FRANCES JETTER (C) FRANCES JETTER
FANTAGRAPHICS UNDERGROUND
StockID: 118104 SKU: 0624FU441

In a uniquely told immigrant story- visual artist Frances Jetter connects her own life to her ancestors’ and their interweaving ties to the 20th century labor movement. The narrative thread unspools with Abram- a Polish Jew who immigrates to America for economic opportunity and ? much like his namesake ? takes on a new name- ‘Abe’. He is a passionate arbitrator and advocate in his union but an unyielding patriarchal tyrant at home. Throughout- readers uncover the convictions and contradictions that make up the tapestry of his life and so many others. Amalgam is populated by impressionistic figures- rendered with piercing faces staring down the reader- as if out of an old photograph. Some pages are mini epics depicting the struggle of workers- others are haunting vignettes of abandoned dolls and forgotten friends. It’s also a love letter to Jetter’s mother- Rose- who hovers in the artist’s mind like a ghost ? forever impressed upon the stairs- at once ephemeral and pervasive- like Rose’s lost paper doll. One’s life is not only one’s own- but hinges on every other. Twelve years in the making- Amalgam- true to its name- takes a multimedia approach to its story. Presented as a meditation on memory and legacy- a kind of summoning occurs out of the loving patchwork of linocuts- keyholes- and hinges ? and the presence of the dead is felt once again. There is a profound- understated moral power in Jetter’s remembrance of loved ones- etching their essences in the same linoleum materia

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