Wabi Sabi, 2021
Carved and finished wood, sealed and filled with real gold, 10 x 6 x 5 in
On display at the Downtown Eugene Public Library
I am self-taught, employed as an exhibit designer and architect and have always continued to create fine art as it simply cannot be denied (I have tried). I finally accept that it is part of who I am, and I now respect it.
My work is my contact with the world outside of my insular life, and I have sculpted and drawn and painted for my whole life. I had no mentors or role models for fine art, I just began creating as a very young child. I am African, Anglo, Native American, raised by political activists and I began documenting my family's world and work. Working in wood brings peace and spiritual growth, and I have a series of indigenous masks in a museum collection. I do work also in wire, clay, ink on paper, paint on canvas and board, but wood is my favorite material that I have shown (and been represented by) in galleries in Oregon, Washington and California.
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