Junkanoo Spirit Mixed media, 78 x 55 in., 2015, $2500
Junkanoo Spirit-Celebration of Life As an artist married to a proud Bahamian, Junkanoo is a very important family tradition. In homage to the creative genius and midnight magic of Junkanoo, this mixed media tapestry incorporates materials and designs contributed by my own mother's D.C. spirit. This "Celebration of Life" paints a blood line to my children/grandchildren from their Bahamian and A'free'can American ancestors.
About The Artist
Artist Statement Celebrating life is important in this phase of my work and career. I know the power of artand seek to use it to uplift, heal,and change people's minds and hearts into action.
Junkanoo is a huge festival in the Bahamas. I married a Bahamian and fell in love with the tradition. My children love it, too--but it was my daughter who ended up in an actual Junkanoo parade. I always dreamed of learning how to "paste" a costume, but she did it. In these works I finally found a way to join in the artistic celebration by combining my own mixed media with the spirit of Junkanoo.
Bio A native Washingtonian, I studied at the Workshops for Careers in the Arts (now Duke Ellington HS), The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and Mass College of Art. I received a B.A. from Simmons College. Since 1978, I have exhibited in many individual and group shows, galleries, and museums. Among them are the Banneker Douglas Museum (Baltimore), Zenith, Sun, Miya, and a host of other Washington Galleries as well as the Smithsonian Institute.
In 1979 I created A’free’can American dolls called Brown Spices which have evolved into The Young Masters, Inc. In the 80's I illustrated for album and book covers, and magazines. In 1995 I published Dance of the Rain Gods with Africa World Press.
In the late 90's I began developing my Public Art from traditional to unconventional with a strong sense of community. Presently I love painting and mixed-media.