Shadowy figures of African American soldiers stand stationed in the foreground in front of a white picket fence. Shaded men in hats toil along in the background. This print is representative of the1863 editorial "Men of Color, To Arms!" by Frederick Douglass who calls all able-bodied African Americans to take up arms in defense of the Union.
From the Artist:
I embrace an inclusive creative cycle of photography, mixed media and printmaking. Each can exist independently, but for me, the completes cycle feels greater than the sum of its parts. All parts are essential to understanding my journey in artistic expression. I enjoy the keen still eye of the camera lens, it helps me to see, review and absorb life. My photographs propose to convey a familiar feeling, one that inspires an inner voice, an emotional or spiritual encounter somehow made tangible through real environmental references. In particular, African American history offers my memory and imagination a chance to explore familiarity. It is this search for higher cultural awareness that offers me a place to converse with my heroes and myths.
In 2005, I began a regular sojourn to my families homestead in South Carolina. I wanted to reconnect with a disappearing southern legacy. While photographing on location, I'd hear echoes of my grandmother's quiet voice in my ear and witness the presence of channeled figures and shadows. I felt our two spirits assemble together as I moved about to capture the essence of each location. I photographed the relics: Old barns, 'one room' churches, unpaved roads, burgeoning fields and landscapes. However, as I undertook more historical research, I became exposed to new artistic stimuli that reached beyond my personal family experience.
Photographer, printmaker, and mixed media artist Tanya Murphy-Dodd attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and earned a BFA in Photography from Temple University. Her work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Art at Arizona ...Read More ⟶