Making HerStory, the annual exhibition series by Michelle D. Parrish celebrates the vast and diverse forms of creativity offered by women artists. This year’s focus celebrates the journey women artist travel in their quest to explore their inner creativity. Making HerStory 8 is the final destination of this journey and we can’t be more elated to share it with you, our many friends, and supporters. The theme, Patience for Springrepresents this final culmination as Spring is the slow regeneration of the earth, life, and its bounty. It is only through the seemingly long dormant season of Winter can Spring occur and thus, we must be patient…and that patience pays off.
Featuring Elise Perry as DJ Bhungri
My work can be considered “Green” or “Re-purpose” art. I work with recycled paper and items that can be used as painting surfaces that we as consumers throw away. I have an abundance of the resource. The goal is to create with what is on hand. The medium is “mixed media” which consist of paper from magazines, shredded documents, paper towels, tissue paper and gift bags along with other found papers. I incorporate acrylic paint and utilize the leftover acrylic skins as well.
The choice of material is based on discovery and experimentation. I will start with a small version and work larger to see if the technique is repeatable and sustainable. The common theme of my work is generally female oriented, afro centric portraits with specific themes. Other pieces are abstract in nature exploring movement, color and materials.
My current work incorporates the use of shredded papers, acrylic paint and acrylic skins. The technique allows the work to take on movement based on the application. It can be bound together with color and gel medium or it can be applied color specific to create a surface that cannot be done with paint alone.
(c) Sunflowers, Sandra D. Davis, 2012, 3 panels mixed media on canvas, 36×24, $500
(c) You Go Girl, Sandra D. Davis, 2009, Paper on canvas board, 24×36, $1,200
Saturday, July 14th was a great day with the kick-off of DeanwoodxDesign. The Center for Green Urbanism had the distinguished opportunity to have sisters Free Benjamin and Ayanna Gregory perform as part of the kick-off. The voices of these talented women were accentuated by the company as well as Center’s acoustics. We hope to welcome Free and Ayanna back soon. Please find videos of their performances below. Ayanna Gregory also has a one-woman show about growing up as the daughter of Dick Gregory. Please find the links here: