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Friday, January 17, 2020

The Grass Is Blue, Anne Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown College, Kentucky


The Grass Is Blue highlights multiple Kentucky histories. The work is a response to stories evolving around the enslaved and native peoples, as well as from the specific geography and commerce surrounding them. These topics generate a discourse rooted in diversity and place. My intent is to raise awareness of past events, to reflect upon the span of humanity and culture within the region, and to generate current feelings of empathy and community. Consequently, I utilize various materials and processes to create an inclusive visual language that acknowledges the people, events, and land in which they have emerged. -November 2019






Corner Installation #1
Slaves Worked Here
Mirrors, wood, paint, text
Words from bell hooks poem #37
Kentucky History: Slavery

Find Your Purpose
Silk dyed with marigolds, fan, magnets.
Title from Frank X. Walker poem “Murphy’s Secret”.
46” Length x 13” Width x 7” Tall
 Kentucky History: Isaac Murphy wins the silk purse.








Corner Installation #2
Breathing Shared Dreams
Mirrors, wood, paint, text.
Words from bell hooks poem #37
Kentucky History: Slavery

Into Blue Shadow
Indigo ink on felt, silk dyed with indigo.
Title from bell hooks poem #64
Approx. 13 feet tall and 7 inches wide.
Kentucky History: Waterfalls, bluegrass.








Corner Installation #3
Run Run
Mirrors, wood, paint, text
Words from bell hooks poem #37
Kentucky History: Slavery

Let Earth Testify
Felt, air dry clay, nail polish, magnifying glass.
Title from bell hooks poem #41
12” Length  x 14.5” Width  x 4.5” Tall
 Kentucky History: Ordovician Period

Searching For Sacred Paths
Sequins, yarn.
Title from bell hooks poem #36
50”width  x 98” height x approx. 12 inches deep (floor element)
Kentucky History: Trade between Indigenous Peoples as well as with colonists.

I Don’t Never Have To Ask Them To Honor Something
Wood, flocking, yarn.
Title from Frank X. Walker poem “Murphy’s Secret”.
24” Length x 10” Width x 13” Tall
Kentucky History: Horse racing built with the talents and labors of African Americans. White men take over the racing industry.