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Art Inspiration: Faith Ringgold

  Here at Root Compass Modern Nomad we are currently obsessing over all things Faith Ringgold.  Her story quilts continue a tradition passed down in the Black community for decades.  Per her artist bio found on her website below and a few videos where you can learn from the artist in her own words. Faith Ringgold, born 1930 in Harlem, New York, is a painter, mixed media sculptor, performance artist, writer, teacher and lecturer. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in visual art from the City College of New York in 1955 and 1959. Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of California in San Diego, Ringgold has received 23 Honorary Doctorates. During the early 1960’s Ringgold traveled in Europe....

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Art Inspiration: Vetiver Night Women - Brianna McCarthy

  As the owner of this piece from the Vetiver Night Women series, I want to discuss how intimately it reminds me that I am composed of Stars and bring that energy to bear here on Earth.  The artist behind this piece Brianna McCarthy is best described as a Genius with her ability to bring to bear these beautiful pieces of art. Here bio is actually below: "Brianna McCarthy is a mixed media visual communicator working and living in Trinidad + Tobago.She is a self-taught artist and aims to create a new discourse examining issues of beauty, stereotypes, representation as well as the documenting the process – particularly poignant in an ever smaller digitally connected world.Her form takes shape through masking...

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Art Inspiration: Elizabeth Catlett

  This image presented itself in my Pinterest feed and lead me on a fantastic journey of discovery.  Below is a small snippet from Elizabeth Catlett's Wikipedia.  Her graphic paintings and sculptures are giving me a major inspiration to start creating again. "Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915[2] – April 2, 2012)[3] was an American and Mexican graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, which often focused on the female experience. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C. to parents working in education, and was the grandchild of freed slaves. It was difficult for a black woman in this time to pursue a career as a working artist. Catlett devoted much of her career to teaching. However, a fellowship awarded to her...

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If I could land anywhere in the world: San Francisco

If I could land anywhere in the world right now it would be  San Francisco I've traveled to San Francisco and the Bay Area at least 6 times over the past decade.  It is one of my favorite cities in the U.S. If I were to travel to San Francisco right now I would love to visit the SF MOMA.  However due to COVID-19 they are participating in the excellent #museumathome initiative. If I were to travel to San Francisco right now I would love to visit The Palace of Fine Arts.  I have a piece titled " All Roads Lead" that is inspired by a photograph I took there 6 years ago.  It's no longer available on rootcompass.com but it's still available...

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Now Watching: Two Photographers Connect on Afrofuturism - a conversation between Granville Carroll and Ohemaa Dixon

      The definition and history of Afrofuturism is found on Wikipedia.  Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science and philosophy of history that explores the developing intersection of African diaspora culture with technology. It was coined by Mark Dery in 1993[1] and explored in the late 1990s through conversations led by Alondra Nelson.[2] Afrofuturism addresses themes and concerns of the African diaspora through technoculture and science fiction, encompassing a range of media and artists with a shared interest in envisioning black futures that stem from Afrodiasporic experiences.[3] This conversation between Granville Carroll and Ohemaa Dixon is an interesting conversation on how Afrofuturism impacts their respective works. Additional context and works by both artists can be found on HAFNY.ORG.     

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