"I am because We are"
A bit of back tracking, before the Tom Bartel Session I was working on a set of dolls to represent my preconceptions of Africa and my first impressions. The African Sisters Imena (Dream) and Thembe (Truth) are the result of that project.
Imena was modeled from a 1949 photo of a Nigerian Dancer with raised scarification. She represents my preconceptions of Africa which were primarily based on National Geographic images and documentaries. Her name references Dream Time creation stories as a reflection of the idealized past.
Thembe was modeled after a woman I met at Umlani Bush Camp in South Africa. I was so impressed with the strong people who had been through so much under apartheid. The scars of that nightmare are still healing, but my first impression was of a country growing into their future.
"I am because We are"
It's been a busy year, so I'm going to update my blog and fill everyone in on where I have been. This summer I took Tom Bartel's two week session "The Fragmented Figure." At the beautiful Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, (www.penland.org), this was my second time participating in Penland's work study program and I had the opportunity to experience their big annual auction.
The demos focused on hand building figures in multiple pieces. I still being influenced by my recent trip to South Africa decided to reference images from anti-segregation rallies. The most successful of the three pieces I made is the below, "The Rock that Beats Paper."
Although this session brought growth in a physical sense to my work, I still felt dissatisfied pursing political subjects. I returned to New Orleans just in time to loose power for a week to Hurricane Issac. When the power was restored I found an email from Penland, inviting me to come back for the Fall Concentration, Surface Safari, with Jenny Mendes and Shoko Teruyama. Two weeks later I found myself once again heading north for a dream team session.
An image I found on the way home from Tom Bartel's class which humerou
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