Ford | “Woman, Unnamed”
The opening of Woman, Unnamed a solo exhibit of the work of Claudia Ford (Lecturer, HPSS and LAS)
The Bridge Center Gallery
Johnson & Wales University
Opening Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Exhibition runs November 10 – December 15, 2015
The Bridge Center hours:
8:30am – 8pm Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 4:30pm Fridays
Closed November 25 – 29
Woman, Unnamed: This series speaks to the role of religious imagery in creating a modern black female identity. The collage for each of 13 images brings paper, pen, and other materials together into the specific forms of classical sacred art and altarpieces, especially European Renaissance Christian artists depictions of the subjects of Mary and the life of Jesus. These iconographic religious images and themes of Mary, Jesus, saints, and angels are pieced together with images of contemporary and historical black and brown women, men, and children. The collage techniques enable the artist to draw the viewer into the details of this iconic imagery and thereby pose questions about the relationship of these images to the formation of identity for women of color. The audience is invited to contemplate classical depictions of familiar sacred themes reworked with unfamiliar faces or in unfamiliar settings. The collage process permits the body of work to also touch on themes of Native survival, colonialism, slavery, and contemporary social justice movements like environmental sustainability and Black Lives Matter.