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Nine Artists | Nine Months | Nine Perspectives from Pyramid Atlantic

NINE ARTISTS | NINE MONTHS | NINE PERSPECTIVES: Birth of 2020 Visions 

FEATURING WORK BY:  Adjoa J. Burrowes, Julee Dickerson-Thompson, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Michele Godwin, Francine Haskins, Pamela Harris Lawton, Gloria Patton, Gail Shaw-Clemons, and Kamala Subramanian. 

On view in Pyramid Atlantic's gallery July 24–August 29, 2021.
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Responding to the events of 2020, a collective of mature Black women artists were compelled to create work that transcended and transformed the traumatic events of 2020. Together they began a collaborative artist book project, started in September of 2020 and finished in May of 2021. These powerful, intricate, and beautiful books will be displayed at Pyramid alongside individual works by each artist.

These artists came together on this project, each tasked with creating a unique artist’s book with space for the other eight artists to express their views. Once a month over a period of nine months they would contribute to another artist’s book, handing them off to the next artist in the circle every 30 days. When the books returned to their original creator for finishing, they were filled with images, text, and objects from their colleagues. Throughout the process, these women held fellowship meetings to swap books, critique the process, and document the experience in a group blog.

The resulting artist books are filled with responses, perspectives and reflections during one of the most tumultuous years in the last 100. These works are inspired by the continuous struggle for justice for BIPOC bodies, the effect of COVD-19 on the health and social welfare of marginalized people, the lack of response from the federal government, and the synergies created by socio-political grassroots movements like BLM and the election of the nation’s first BIPOC woman vice president. Artmaking became a transgressive act—their “artivism.”

Of the work, the artists write, “We understand that the narratives of white people may take precedence in the gestation of traumatic events taking place. However, we reject the attempts of white neutrality to define our realities. In transforming our trauma, we created visual narratives to document our images, our words, and our assessments of this era; a transgressive act. As seasoned Womanist artists, we have acquired skills over decades sharpened by profound life experiences.”


A Witness In the Mist of It All
  • Francine Haskins with contributions by artists in the collective
  • A Witness In the Mist of It All, 2020
Artist book, mixed media
12 x 15 in

Behind the Mask
  • Gloria Patton
  • Behind the Mask, 2021
Acrylic
14 x 11 in

Bookshelf in Africana
  • Francine Haskins
  • Bookshelf in Africana, 2021
Mixed media fiber sculpture
40 x 10 in

Bookshelf in Indigo
  • Francine Haskins
  • Bookshelf in Indigo, 2021
Mixed media fiber sculpture
45 x 10 in

Bookshelf in White
  • Francine Haskins
  • Bookshelf in White, 2021
Mixed media fiber sculpture
40 x 10 in

Cat's Cradle
  • Michele Godwin
  • Cat's Cradle, 2014
Textile print
13.5 x 12 in

Celestial Flight 1
  • Adjoa Burrowes
  • Celestial Flight 1, 2021
Monotype on board
27 x 20 x 3 in

Celestial Flight 2
  • Adjoa Burrowes
  • Celestial Flight 2, 2021
Monotype on board -- Offered online only- not on display in exhibition
30 x 12 x 4 in

Composition in Space
  • Julee Dickerson-Thompson
  • Composition in Space, 2021
Mixed media collage
30 x 40 in

Corona Darona
  • Julee Dickerson-Thompson
  • Corona Darona, 2021
Franni artist book, mixed media
25 x 14 in

Equality
  • Francine Haskins
  • Equality, 2017
39 x 35 in

For Names Sake
  • Adjoa Burrowes with contributions by artists in the collective
  • For Names Sake, 2020
Artist book, mixed media
60 x 12 x 1.5 in

Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millennium: BB's Crown
  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter
  • Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millen..., 2020
Acrylic paint, colored pencil, cradled wood panel
11.5 x 11.5 x 1 in

Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millennium: Brother Ahhhh
  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter
  • Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millen..., 2020
Acrylic paint, colored pencil, cradled wood panel
11 x 11 x 1 in

Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millennium: Entropy (Tia Fuller)
  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter
  • Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millen..., 2020
Acrylic paint, colored pencil, cradled wood panel
14 x 14 x 1 in

Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millennium: Paquito Hot
  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter
  • Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millen..., 2020
Acrylic paint, colored pencil
13.5 x 9.5 x 1 in

Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millennium: Straight No Chaser (Carmen McRae)
  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter
  • Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millen..., 2020
Acrylic paint, colored pencil, cradled wood panel
14 x 13 x 1 in

Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millennium: Whoza Mtwana
  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter
  • Gri Gris for The First Wave of the Third Millen..., 2020
Acrylic paint, colored pencil
11.5 x 9.5 x 1 in

Heaven, Hell & Purgatory
  • Kamala Subramanian
  • Heaven, Hell & Purgatory, 2019
Acrylic, watercolor, mixed media collage, found objects
26 x 10 in

Indigo Gri Gri 2020
  • Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter with contributions by artists in the collective
  • Indigo Gri Gri 2020, 2020
Artist book, mixed media

Mask #0
  • Gail Shaw-Clemons
  • Mask #0, 2020
Lithograph
20 x 15 in

Mask #8
  • Gail Shaw-Clemons
  • Mask #8, 2020
Gel medium print
20 x 15 in

Mask #10
  • Gail Shaw-Clemons
  • Mask #10, 2020
Gel medium print
20 x 15 in

Mother/Daughter
  • Pamela Harris Lawton
  • Mother/Daughter, 2021
Artist book as game, mixed media
29 x 25 x 1.5 in

Nexus
  • Gloria Patton with contributions by artists in the collective
  • Nexus, 2020
Artist book, mixed media
9.5 x 8.5 x 2.5 in

Ocean Burial
  • Kamala Subramanian
  • Ocean Burial, 2018
Acrylic, watercolor, linoleum print, graphite, found objects
23.5 x 30 x 1 in

Papa Will Book
  • Pamela Harris Lawton
  • Papa Will Book, 2018
Artist book with letterpress and wood engravings
15 x 13 x 0.5 in

Papa Will, Page 6
  • Pamela Harris Lawton
  • Papa Will, Page 6, 2018
Letterpress, wood engraving
20 x 16 in

Papa Will, Page 7
  • Pamela Harris Lawton
  • Papa Will, Page 7, 2018
letterpress, wood engraving
20 x 16 in

Papa Will, Page 8
  • Pamela Harris Lawton
  • Papa Will, Page 8, 2018
Letterpress, wood engraving
20 x 16 in

Progression
  • Michele Godwin with contributions by artists in the collective
  • Progression, 2021
Artist book, mixed media
10 x 82 in

Remember the Journey
  • Francine Haskins
  • Remember the Journey, 2021
Mixed media fiber wall hanging
25 x 15 in

Retablos
  • Gloria Patton
  • Retablos, 2021
Acrylic
14 x 11 in

Retablos of Resistance
  • Pamela Harris Lawton with contributions by artists in the collective
  • Retablos of Resistance, 2021
Artist book, mixed media
6.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 in

Smell the Coffee
  • Gloria Patton
  • Smell the Coffee, 2021
Acrylic
14 x 11 in

The Awakening 2021: Annie's Mudd
  • Julee Dickerson-Thompson
  • The Awakening 2021: Annie's Mudd, 2021
Mixed media artist book
12 x 12 in

The Composer
  • Julee Dickerson-Thompson
  • The Composer, 2020
Mixed media collage
36 x 24 in

The Crocodile
  • Gail Shaw-Clemons with contributions by artists in the collective
  • The Crocodile, 2020
Artist book, mixed media
10 x 6 x 2 in

The Phoenix
  • Kamala Subramanian
  • The Phoenix, 2021
Acrylic, watercolor, collage, mixed media
11 x 14 in

The X Factor
  • Kamala Subramanian with contributions by artists in the collective
  • The X Factor, 2020
Artist book, mixed media

To Change and Adapt
  • Kamala Subramanian
  • To Change and Adapt, 2021
Acrylic, watercolor, collage, printing
10 x 15 in

Untitled (hands)
  • Michele Godwin
  • Untitled (hands), 2019
Textile print
16 x 16 in

Untitled (woman)
  • Michele Godwin
  • Untitled (woman), 2019
Textile print
16 x 16 in

We Wear the Mask, Female
  • Gail Shaw-Clemons
  • We Wear the Mask, Female, 2021
Mixed media
60 x 20 in

We, the Coffee
  • Julee Dickerson-Thompson with contributions by artists in the collective
  • We, the Coffee, 2021
Artist book, mixed media

Winds of Change 5
  • Adjoa Burrowes
  • Winds of Change 5, 2020
Monotype
17 x 12 in

Winds of Change 6
  • Adjoa Burrowes
  • Winds of Change 6, 2020
Monotype
17 x 12 in

Winds of Change 7
  • Adjoa Burrowes
  • Winds of Change 7, 2020
Monotype
17 x 12 in
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