Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Felt, cotton, sequins, shells, ink, metal, beads, plastic, 28 x 19.5 in., 2011, $950.00
My statement for Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler is Oh Mother Afrika, thank you for giving us the rhythm, music, and dance as we rejoice in our festival.
About The Artist
Artist Statement The spirit of my creations celebrates the cultures of Brazil, the Caribbean and Americans of Afrikan decent. I continue to proclaim, praise and rejoice in the root, the mother of us all, dear Afrika. My interpretation of carnaval is costumes, rhythm, dance and singing in this festival just before Lent. My mixed-media art is influenced by my life experiences and takes on themes of spiritual and personal identity, as well as local and international significance. I have exhibited in the U.S., Ghana, Sierra Leone, Brazil and Cuba. It is common for vibrant colors to emote joy. I found, as a challenge to myself, that lack of color when executed properly, can stir emotion. Since we are such a visual society some can view a work void of color, yet color is what they see. Many see lack of color as a call to dig deep, in an attempt to grasp a meaning, an explanation of where the artist wants us to go. I say, stop thinking and relish the moment.
Bio Gloria C. Kirk, a Washington, D.C. native, spent many years abroad as a Foreign Service Officer in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. The D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities owns many of her works. She is a member of Black Artists of DC (BADC); Exposure Group African American Professional Photographers Association, FotoCraft (established in 1937) and the Senior Textile Arts Renaissance Society. Gloria has been published in the Department of State's Art in Embassies Program Diary "Homage to African American Artists"; Friendship Heights Village News; BADC catalog "Black"; The Exposure Group coffee table book "Colors of Life"; catalog for exhibition opening at the United States Embassy in Freetown, Sierra Leone; Smithsonian Folklife Festival brochure; BADC catalog "Playing With Light: Making Visions Visible"; Tapestry Magazine; Washington Post; Washington Informer; In The Arts; Emerge; Spice Magazine; Euromoney and Institutional Investor.