Mixed media collage collaboration WT Remington and Andrea McCluskey
Altars and Vessels
I have been working with my Ancestors as well as my daughter’s for the past 20 years. My Polish and her African ancestors have been entwined. They have shown up in various guises and degrees throughout my art making, mostly hidden. The title Echoes and Exchanges speaks to the idea that having an artistic conversation with my past grounds and informs the present and future.
The Altars began with Washer Woman in tribute to all the women who do the family domestic work. The textile portion has been gleaned from my family’s clothes, collected during the laundering process. Washer Woman’s blue color references the blueing agent used by my grandmother (Babci). The blueing pigment stained her hands and she often wore white cotton gloves to church to hide the traces of her labor.
Obba is the Orisha (Spirit) of communal concerns, particularly the immediate and extended family as well as one’s whole community. As it is a Yoruba (West African) tradition to identify organs with particular deities, Obba is identified with the stomach. The stomach is the place where food is stored and dispersed to nourish the body. This has both literal and metaphoric meaning for Obba. She is the definition of the human need to get our house in order before we can achieve our aspirations outside the house. She is very present here, behind all the Altars and Vessels in Echoes and Exchanges
Palimpsest at NOMA gallery 437 North Market Street, Frederick, Maryland
Artist talk Sunday October 16, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Featuring new woodcuts by Andrea McCluskey and new mixed media collages by W.T. Remington.