Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson debuts to Longview her mixed media and experimental printmaking techniques. The center of Johnson’s art revolves around her genealogy, particularly that of her Native American great-grandmother. “I print on feathers to acknowledge my Native American ancestry and the ‘Black Indian.’ By printing various family members on feathers, I am unifying African, Native and American culture. The ghostly images emerging from the feathers represent elements of a hidden past.”Johnson also has printed members of her family on handmade vegetable paper made of zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and yams. The prints are presented on white plates and bowls, and are encased in resin for preservation. The works introduce Johnson’s family in a preserved and very mysterious way. Other pieces explore the migration of family members from the South to the Northern states of Connecticut and Pittsburgh.Also on view are a series of interactive works entitled Nesting. Comprised of a collection of bird nests suspended from the ceiling, Nesting explores one’s sense of space at a precise moment in time.
Mixed media artwork by Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson
January 11 – March 9, 2014
215 East Tyler Street
Long View, TX
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