***From the Archives***
The Cost of Making Her Run: Fear, Flight, Freedom
March 21 – April 20, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday March 21, 7-9 pm
Gallery Talk & Closing Reception: Sunday, April 20, 2pm
In The Cost of Making Her Run: Fear, Flight, Freedom, Jamea Richmond-Edwards employs intimate portraits of women and dramatic photographs in a complex exploration of her personal cosmos. The works, centered on the dichotomy of self-belief and doubt, are inspired by life experiences, family narratives and the legacy of Harriet Tubman. Addressed are concerns of identity, racial discrimination and subjugation, coupled with artistic challenges and triumph.
As a ballpointist, Richmond-Edwards’ women are composed of swirling orbs and densely scrawled lines. One is seduced by their alluring gazes; some possess self-assuredness, while others reveal vulnerability. Each woman is a metaphor for Richmond-Edwards’ trials and achievements. They are multi-generational, representing various periods in the artist’s life. They exist in an imaginary world where darkness shields them from fear, self-doubt, and those who seek to oppress them. Appearing iridescent under the night sky, these beautiful and powerful lionized figures gather to perform rite and ritual, in a secret community where they draw strength from one another and their ancestors.
This Time, She Ain’t Afraid is a captivating series of photographs in which Richmond-Edwards reenactments Harriett Tubman’s escape from slavery. Inspired by Tubman’s defiance, determination, fearlessness, and resilience Richmond-Edwards evokes her spirit as she seeks to flee the constraints of racial discrimination and obstacles placed by those with perceived notions about her art making.
The compelling drawings in The Cost of Making her Run: Fear, Flight, Freedom and stirring photographs in This Time, She Ain’t Afraid are the embodiment of Richmond-Edwards’ life’s journey and are her testament to overcoming personal fears; in fleeing to find refuge in a world without judgment; and fulfilling her quest for freedom from physical and physiological barriers. As she leaves us to ponder, what is the cost of making her run?
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