Honoring 13 Inspiring, Bold African American Women Artists/Activists
A group of 13 Studio Dialogues inspiring women is a response to absent African American women in schools and texts. Particularly, when my students and I were researching African Americans in the Gold Rush era, it was evident there was a gaping hole when it came to females.
The Group of 13 is a piece that was thought of together, however, one can be sold separately and it will be replaced with a new member.
These started with my 8th grade art students who had the idea to make "women artists pillows" to commemorate women artists throughout history. In the computer lab, they researched, drew and transferred portraits onto a variety of fabric pillow shapes. Then they were sewn and embellished onto pillow shapes to represent their
artist: Kahlo, O'Keefe, Carr,
Years later, I rediscovered unused sewn pillow shapes some with ironed on unrecognizable faces. These became "found objects" which
I upcycled into these "puff" or stick-out relief paintings.