Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Ironic" Quilt featured in "And Still We Rise" Exhibit

"Ironic "
Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi is a renowned fiber artist, curator and author of several well written books on African-American quilt art.  Carolyn upcoming exhibit,  "And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations",  has it's opening reception, Friday, October 11th at Cincinnati, Ohio's African American Museum.  Her companion book of the same name will be an expose of African American history from 1600 until the present day as told by quilt art. The book will be published in earlier 2014.
 
I'm delighted that Dr. Mazloomi has asked me to contribute to this exciting work with a fiber art piece that reflects a volatile, yet important time in our history: The Civil Rights era.
In June 1964 near Philadelphia, Mississippi,  the murders of James Chaney, a 21-year-old black man from nearby Meridian, Mississippi; Andrew Goodman, a 20-year-ol white Jewish anthropology student from New York; and Michael Schwerner, a 24-year-old white Jewish CORE organizer and former social worker also from New York, demonstrated the dangers faced by civil rights workers in the South, especially during what became known as "Freedom Summer", dedicated to voter education and registration.
The Ku Klux Klan’s hate filled murders of these three heroic young men was vile. It profoundly illustrated the extent that racists cowards would go to marginalize African-Americans of that era.  In the summer of 1964, Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner paid the ultimate sacrifice to help others exercise their civil right to vote.  My quilt contribution is a tribute to these civil rights icons. I find it ironic that almost 50 years later we're now facing a new phenomenon with our civil liberties now being threaten again via the voter suppression movement of minority voters in several states.  I named my quilt addition "Ironic". Check out the full displayed ink and thread painted quilt center.  Stay tuned for updates from my travels to the exhibit's opening reception and actual book release date.  Living Creatively, Santeena.

"First Kiss"

"First Kiss"
Innocence

Cheetah Girl

Cheetah Girl
QA Reader Challenge "Inner Animal"

Freida

Freida
I just love Freida Kahlo!

"Hello down there!"

"Hello down there!"
Rare find of shrimp like creature in a iceshaft in Anartica

Kiss of a Rose

Kiss of a Rose
Quilt Visions "Fantasy Flowers" Challlenge

Swept Away

Swept Away
Another quilted portrait

Quilted Denim Jacket

Quilted Denim Jacket
Close up of Shaunna's quilted photo

King of the Jungle

King of the Jungle
Watercolor rendition of a photo of a lion I took while in Africa

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge

Elephant at Mala Mala Safari Lounge
Couldn't resist posting this water color work of an elephant on safari

Leopard at night

Leopard at night
Another watercolor

Geronimo

Geronimo
My quilted rendition of the proud Apache leader

Something to think about....

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"



Pablo Picasso