Thursday, February 21, 2013

Black Women in History: A few of my favorite Visual Artist

Writing posts for this week has been difficult, as they are renovating the apartment directly below us.  There is a lot of hammering, nailing, moving, and shifting.  There is subject matter all around.  Life is the stories that people make everyday, the untold songs of hero's past, present, and future. (Don't judge me, I am just coming off of watching Freedom Writers and I am strongly considering renting Don't Back Down soon.) 

I'm artistically inclined and have been all of my life.  I love doing activities that allow me to live outside of the box using colors, getting messy, and go with the flow rather than run a tight ship.  I'm going to keep it short and sweet again today.  The work of the women that I am going to mention in this post speaks for itself.
Sabrina Nelson
Osuns Chair by Sabrina Nelson
 I had the opportunity to several works of art by Sabrina Nelsons before I met her in person at a Natural hair meet up a few years ago.  Sabrina is a Detroit native who is making major moves. She is an Associate Director of Admissions at College  of Creative Studies and her work speaks to the inner spirituality in all.  On her website she states that her art is influenced by artist such as Frida Kahlo and Kathe Kollwitz, as well as the sounds of DJ Spooky, and word of Arundhati Roy.

Kesha Bruce
Totem for a Girl Dancing by Kesha Bruce

Kesha Bruce, who currently lives in France is an Iowa native who " creates richly textured andvisually complex artworks that explore the connections between memory, personal mythology, and magical-spiritual belief." ( She currently runs her own studio and has been awarded fellowship at the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, has a Puffin Foundation Grant, is a curator and founding director of Director of Baang and Burne Contemporary Art in New York, has had several exhibits in the US and France, and has permanet collections at f The Amistad Center for Art and Culture, The University of Iowa Women's Center, The En Foco Photography Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection.

Betye Saar 
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 A contributor to the black arts movement during the seventies Betye Saar used her collection of stereotypical images of African American people such as Little Black Sambo and Aunt Jemima to evoke political and social ideas. Her later work, after the death of her great aunt used dried flower, family mementos, and other object to express loss and memory. In the 80s she began to incorporate larger scale objects in her work as well as components of her mixed ancestry.  At 86 she is still creating and has even birthed two artists, Alison Saar and Lezley Saar.
There are  many more inspirations out there, these are just three of my favorites.

Peace, Love, and Art,

Najeema Iman, I AM Curly Locks  

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