Opening Reception: Saturday, May 13 from 6pm to 9pm
Through June 17
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 17 from 6pm to 9pm
Artists exhibiting are Adjoa Burrowes, Cheryl D. Edwards, Maroulla Morcos, Lisa Rosenstein, Lynn Slyvester and Michelle Talibah.
Womanist is a form of feminism that emphasizes women’s natural contribution to society; but is distinctive to the term feminism and its association with white women. Alice Walker, a poet and activist, fully defined the term Womanist in her 1983 book In Search of Our Mothers’ Garden: Womanist Prose. She defined a womanist as “Womanish, the opposite of girlish…Being grown up…A Black Feminist or Feminist of Color… Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength”.
The Artists in this exhibit are expressing this concept in various mediums; printmaking, drawings, ink wash, textiles and sculpture.
Adjoa J. Burrowes is a printmaker, sculptor and mixed media artist. She received her BFA from Howard in printmaking and an MA in Art Education from the Corcoran in 2015. Some of the issues explored in Burrowes prints and other works include those of African American culture and identity, and issues related to place and the environment.
Cheryl D. Edwards is a painter, printmaker and mixed media artist. She studied under Ernest Crichlow at the Art Student League in New York City during the 1980s. Her artwork evolved to a social justice practice in 2007 when she began working in series to document ecological, political and socio-cultural issues.
Maroulla Morcos is a sculptress who creates 3D art and make figurative and abstract sculpture in marble, stone, and wood “that’s often direct carving”. Also sculpture in bronze/terra cotta/ and various mixed mediums. She has completed her art studies in Paris and Italy.
Lisa Rosenstein is a mixed media artist who obtained her AFA from the Corcoran. Her belief is that life is chaotic, complex, noisy, and at times painfully full. Her art is a reflection of a need for peace and quiet. She creates a space of contemplation, solitude, and a visual opportunity for slowing down.
Lynn Slyvester is a textile and needle arts artist. She began textile dyeing with Shibori, the ancient Japanese art of textile dying. She is a founding member of the Triangle Dye Collective, member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild and the Surface Design Association. She is a reflection of her astrological sign, Pieces; one fish swimming in the direction of a legal career and the other in the direction of the creative.
Michelle Talibah is an artist/ curator, whose practice and knowledge in the visual arts is unique. She has studied at Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio; The University of Massachusetts-Boston, and holds a Masters of Art degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in digital art. Her visual arts practice includes that as painter, public artist, educator and gallerist. She has worked with a broad range of media during artist residency at, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Gettysburg College, the Vermont Studio Center; and most recently, at the Experimental Printmaking Studio at Lafayette College. She worked as public artist – with a select group of artists- to create three murals designed by the late Sol LeWitt, installed at the Washington, D.C Convention Center and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum. In 2004 she became the founding director of New Door Creative Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, featuring the work of emerging artists, and artists of international renown.
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