Fredette became interested in the history of smallpox, a disease first brought to Cape Cod by European settlers between 1614 and 1617. Eventually, it annihilated 75 percent of the native population. “With smallpox as my host, I set out to uncover the story around this epidemic and the altered memories associated with it through the years of retelling the story," she explained to Artscope Magazine in 2011. In Iterations, each pod signifies both individual memory and collective memory.
“Nature has a way of showing us its power when we make ourselves still enough to appreciate its systems, structures, and ultimately, its ability to teach us how to live more in harmony with it, even as we seek to move ahead as a species,” said Sheila Goloborotko, exhibition curator and assistant professor of printmaking in UNF's Art and Design Department.