Africa, My Africa! Pastel on Paper, 24"x17.5", 2010, $1,100
In this piece, conceived when the artist visited Ghana during its 50th anniversary of freedom from colonialism, crowns suggest a hopeful message about the resilience of the African continent. In the background, the crowns of colonizers hover; in the foreground, a boy holds a traditional headdress.
About The Artist
Artist Statement I believe that great art does not come from us so much as it flows through us. It is the response to a higher calling to create. When we are listening carefully and understand the message clearly, it is then that we are able to communicate ideas that are both inspiring and impactful.
Bio Annette Gandy Fortt is a painter and printmaker who lives and works in Silver Spring Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree in Art Education from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), and her Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She studied printmaking at the renowned Blackburn’s Printmaking Studio, in New York City, where she was a Jerome Foundation fellow and explored viscosity printmaking with the master printmaker Krishna Reddy.
Before retiring from teaching Ms. Fortt combined her work as an artist with a teaching career, bringing the joy of art to young people of all age levels. Presently, in her work, she enjoys experimenting with a variety of printmaking and painting media. She has lived and worked in the New York City area as well as the Washington DC Metropolitan area, and her work has been exhibited widely in museums and galleries in those locals as well as across the US and abroad.