The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel posted a wonderful review and interview with Jen today on their online site, JSonline:
“While other survivors have written about their Katrina ordeals, no one has documented such harrowing experiences quite the way Shaw has in “Hurricane Story” (Broken Levee Books, $18). Using toys and dolls, some altered and hand-painted, Shaw staged 46 scenes from her family’s evacuation, exile and return, then photographed them with a plastic Holga camera with a magnifying lens glued onto it, pairing the often eerie images with simple lines of text. The result is a compelling graphic novel that feels like an art exhibit tucked inside a lovely, clothbound board book.”
Jen great up in Milwaukee, and began to explore photography there through the city’s abundance of artistic resources and a nurturing community. We’re thrilled to see so much hometown love! Read the full article here, and if you’re in southern Wisconsin, be on the lookout for the article in this Sunday’s print edition.