dahomey amazon, 2020
cotton, silk, tulle and velvet
quilted and appliquéd
the dahomey amazon’s were an all female regiment of warriors from the kingdom of dahomey ( modern day benin) that lasted until 1904. westerners called them amazons because of their similarities to the mythical warriors. they were called the mino or “ our mothers”.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
maya angelou (1928-2014)
my exhibit @katonahmuseum is over but the show must go on! the virtual tour of my exhibit is open, just click the link in my bio.
thank you to my extremely talented and dedicated friend @pchinneryphoto for creating this experience.
thanks @katonahmuseum director michael gitlitz and the entire staff for putting on a world class exhibit. thank you @michelewije for curating my work and making me see it with a new vision!
A look back at my exhibit @katonahmuseum ! the show ended on sunday and i want to send a huge thank you to the museum director, michael gitlitz, curator @michelewije , the amazing staff, and docents for hosting the most incredible exhibit. the show was more than i could have wished for in every aspect and i am so thankful to have been given this opportunity.
Our crown has already been bought and paid for. all we have to do is wear it.
james baldwin 1924-1987
my latest artwork is finished!
after 7 months of work, introducing...
the warmth of other sons; a dedication to the african american families who left the south for more opportunities in the north during the great migration (1916-1970). they left their land, lifestyle and everything they knew in search of a better life. they sacrificed so that we could have more. my own family left new orleans in the 1930’s and while we are still striving i am grateful for those who came before us. we have no choice but to soldier on.
I will not have my life narrowed down. i will not bow down to somebody else's whim or to someone else's ignorance.
breonna taylor did not get justice. no one has been charged with any crime related to her m****r except for damage done to the neighbors apartment. this cold blooded m****r will not be excused, and we will not stop fighting for #breonnataylor .the fight isn’t over.
The artist's role is to raise the consciousness of the people. to make them understand life, the world and themselves more completely. that's how i see it. otherwise, i don't know why you do it.
amiri baraka 1934-2014
i’m following the advice of mr. baraka and i’m going to be speaking at the smithsonian american art museum and the renwick gallery at their clarice smith distinguished lecture series november 20th from 6:30-7:30 est.
this event is free! i’ll be speaking about my influences, techniques, and discussing my latest artworks in my studio.register by clicking the link in my bio.
a detail of the warmth of other sons ( one figure out of a 7 family member portrait)
*there is zero paint on this artwork, it is all fabric
cotton, silk, wool and velvet
quilted and appliquéd
11’ x 9’
this artwork will debut at my solo exhibit @artinstitutechi november 16th!
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
are you registered to vote? this election has never felt more important to me then right now. our country stands on the precipice of falling back to the jim crow era- if we let it. this election will answer the question definitively if the united states will allow an innocent black woman to be shot and killed in her bed while she sleeps is acceptable or not. will we support an openly racist and sexist president- or will we say no!