Category Archives: Imagery

Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People by Melanie Anne Herzog, (Art Institute of Chicago, Yale Univ. Press, 2006, 36 pages)

The Sharecropper by Elizabeth Catlett is an image I find inspiring and capturing.  One day I would like to attempt it with embroidery stitches.  After reading somewhere that she eventually made Mexico her home and was barred from re-entering the U.S. due to her politics, I promised myself to learn more about her as a woman and artist. 

While looking for another book in the library I came across this catalogue which includes a few pages of bio information, a photograph of the artist, and prints made from her lino-cuts from her series entitled The Negro Woman.  This catalogue was a nice companion to read with Sapphire’s Grave as one of the characters is an artist who paints the faces and eyes of the women in her life.  The catalogue also provides other references of information about Elizabeth Catlett that I intend to check out.

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Goddesses in Art by Lanier Graham

(1st Edition, 1997, Artabras-A Division of Abbeville Publishing Group)

A few months ago at art quilt critique group one of the members quipped that she was tired of seeing “goddess” images.  I’m not sure now if she meant the actual images as over done by artist or as a theme.  It stuck with me as I like examining how different artists portray goddesses and now I’m thinking that for me the question is how well the image is portrayed (how unique did the artist portray the image) versus how dependent the image is on other artists portraying the same image (not so unique). 

I just started this book and am still in the introduction which is giving a brief overview of when the images of sacred begin to change from female; female/male to solely male.  Time frames are broken into the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages. 

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