Joanne Lefrak and Hakim Bellamy traveled together to visit Nepal’s sacred sites and trek through the Himalayas. From this experience, Bellamy wrote a book of poetry entitled Prayer Flags about the pilgrimage, mountains, and people of Nepal. Lefrak selected excerpts from these poems and fused the text into glass by pressing glass powder through a silkscreen before firing in a kiln.
Joanne Lefrak (b. 1977) is an artist, museum educator, and teacher. In her artwork she explores the connection between history and experience of place. Her work has been exhibited at MASS MoCA, ev+a in Ireland, Albuquerque Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art, among others. Her artwork has been reviewed in Art in America, Huffington Post, the Boston Globe, art ltd., CIRCA Art Magazine, AdobeAirstream, and the Santa Fean, and in many other national and international magazines and blogs. She is the director of education and curator of public practice at SITE Santa Fe and is a current fellow of MCA Denver’s Animating Museums Creative Leadership program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Joanne Lefrak was born in Long Branch, NJ. She lives and works in Santa Fe, NM.