Ghost Prints & Shadow Work

Bicycle Face Doily by Elaine Luther
12″x12″; light reactive dye print on vintage doily, hand stitched to fabric-wrapped canvas; 2023. Courtesy of the artist.


Elaine Luther: Ghost Prints & Shadow Work

at the Orland Park Library in Orland Park, Illinois, USA
1-31 July 2023

Artist Elaine Luther has something to say about unpaid labor, and she’s saying it with vintage doilies.  Her show of doilies, printed with quotes, images and text is called “Ghost Prints & Shadow Work”.

Bicycle Face Collage by Elaine Luther
12″x12″; collage on wood panel: images and ephemera from the 1890s printed on resume paper; image of tweet by Amy Diehl, Ph.D.; 2023. Courtesy of the artist.

The show includes thirty-one artworks, including a series inspired by seeing the text, “Your Cashier Today Was Self,” on a grocery store receipt. In addition, there are two large stretched quilts, textile collages.

Library staff reports that patrons are stopping to read and take in the art, and that they have gotten a lot of good comments.

(text adapted from materials provided by the artist)


Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, Illinois 60462 USA
(708) 428-5100

Monday-Friday, 9AM-9PM
Saturday, 9AM-5PM
Sunday, 1-5PM