Pasture memorial honors departed family members


September 1, 2022

Penny Sander and her father, Bob Banks, helped make it possible for the Kachina Leigh Martin's three ladies to be installed on the family farm-site where the house and buildings once stood. Bob is the caretaker of the project in the pasture. The ladies were installed in the pasture on Nov. 26, 2021. The darker dress represents the artist's Grandmother Lucille, The white dress on the left represents her Grandmother Mildred. On the right is the dress for her Great-grandmother Anna. Kachina's artwork is named "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Saint."

It could be a scene from one of Willa Cather's novels, but it is not. Just into Franklin County on a minimum maintenance road, three dresses are placed in prairie pasture. These dresses represent the strong women ancestors of the artist, Kachina Leigh Martin, who lives in Reading, Penn. They are her maternal great-grandmother, Mildred; material grandmother, Anna; and paternal grandmother, Lucille.

In her Pennsylvania studio, Kachina pinned up a favorite photograph of her great-great grandmother holding her aunt as an infant with her grandmother and great-grandmother standing beside them at the...

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