"The best stories are often true...The narrative of human life is most beautiful when told truthfully and without boundaries."
I have recently had the honor of photographing thirteen emerging artists for the John Biggers Seed Project (Seed). Seed is a public art and collaborative design effort that engages renowned African American artists in mentoring emerging artists. This will be achieved by educating the artists about African American art and community history, providing career development and transferable skills, and creating a sense of place that speaks to the culture of North Minneapolis. My role will be to document this project as it evolves over the course of the next year or so.
I also served as photographer for the "Celebration of Life" mural project almost 20 years ago. Seed is inspired by "Celebration of Life", an acclaimed public artwork led by John Biggers, a preeminent African American artist and painter. That collaboration was similar in scope to this one and it was created in North Minneapolis as well. It began the careers of several young Twin Cities artists and organizations including Obsidian Arts and Juxtaposition Arts. The project marked the beginning of my involvement in the Minneapolis Arts community .
I will be showing two pieces in a juried show with WARM (Women's Art Resources Minnesota) from October 11 to November 22, 2013!
There is much to be said about a gap-toothed grin. It is the basis of folklore that dates back to the Middle Ages. Chaucer wrote of the "gap toothed wife of Bath" in the "The Canterbury Tales" whose gap was believed to be the basis of her insatiable lust. It has also been said that a gap in the teeth is the sign of Venus, the "goddess of love".
More photos can be seen in The Diastema Project Gallery - http://sepiaqueenphotography.zenfolio.com/p958381219
I recently had the fortune to be able to visit Spain with my dear friend Ann. We spent most of our time in Barcelona, but also traveled to Girona and Montserrat. It was an amazing cultural experience. The sights and sounds of Espana were exhilarating. The urban landscape was something to behold with a seamless blend of old and new. The architecture was stunning and reminded me that other parts of the world have history that we don't have here in the United States.
I was captivated by the variety of doors that I happened upon while I walked the streets of the Barri Gotic, Eixample, and La Ramblas. I was in photographic heaven because there was so much to see. I snapped many photos, but have only a few of them here. This video depicts a snapshot of part of my incredible journey. I hope you enjoy the trip!
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