85″ x 52″
Totem Installation: mixed-media, multilayered assemblage of fabrics, including hand painted, printed, collaged, stitched and 3-D sculpted details, on a wooden frame.
Size: 88 x 35 x 12 ½ in.
Includes: Dyed and hand painted fabric wall art.
Visitors were invited to respond to how they felt about Freedom, by dropping a note in the baskets.
This artwork celebrates the resilient and creative spirit of our ancestors.400 years ago the first documented group of Africans landed in a strange place called America. They had been captured from their homeland, cut off from families and friends. They had nothing. All that was familiar was gone. It would be a long and bitter hard journey ahead. From slavery thru emancipation, reconstruction, civil rights and the present day, Black Lives Matter movement. I am so proud of my ancestors, because against all odds they persevered. African Americans have contributed astonishing accomplishments in America and across the globe. My ancestor’s heroic achievements will inspire future generations of creativity and imagination. This artwork was a part of an exhibition titled, Journey to Freedom. After reviewing this artwork, viewers were invited to write responses to the question,” What does Freedom mean to you”, and to place their response in a vessel on the platform.