KAREN HAMPTON \”The Light of Freedom\”
Date(s) - 06/12/2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Karen Hampton “The Light of Freedom – Stories of African American Threads of my Family, Their Journey Towards Freedom, and the Abolitionists,” opens June 8, 2018 at Carrington Arts in downtown Sandusky Ohio.The solo exhibit features work from the artist’s Abolitionists series, as well as pieces Karen calls Historical Narratives.
Karen Hampton draws on her multicultural heritage to examine the complicated history of America, replete with dreams of freedom and loss resulting from displacement. By employing the traditional arts of hand-stitching and weaving, as well as materials such as indigo, cotton, and raffia cloth that allude to African American culture, Hampton embeds her work with symbols, images, and text that chronicle the stories of her ancestors. Her incisively poignant work speaks to the broader struggle to find one’s own voice and identity in the United States today.
‘Karen Hampton: The Journey North,’ Wellin Museum of Art, USA
In the artist’s words, “As an artist of color, I have made a life long commitment to creating artwork that responds to the lives of my ancestors. My lens is anthropology and I study my own genealogy. I travel in my ancestor’s footsteps, I walked the roads where they lived, explored the plantations where they were enslaved. I am the storyteller. As their medium I provide a vehicle for my ancestor’s spirits to transcend history and remain as historical memory. My medium is cloth – – whether digitally printed, hand woven or aged linens – – pieces are imbued with the hopes and visions of African American lives, telling their stories from a maternal perspective.”
The artist has been included in exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art, USA, Wellin Museum of Art, USA, Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan; Jack Bell Gallery, London, England; Museum of Craft and Folk Art, California, among others. Awards include the Sacatar Foundation Award, the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship, Marin Arts Council Award, and the Ellen Hansen Memorial Prize. Hampton graduated with an MFA from the University of California, Davis.
There will be an Opening Reception with the artist on June 8, from 6-9 PM. The exhibit runs through July 21, 2018. The gallery is located at 231 West Water Street in downtown Sandusky, Ohio. On Saturday, June 9, 2018, the artist will be giving a presentation at the Sandusky Library at 1 PM. The library is located at 114 West Adams Street, Sandusky, OhioFor more information
About the artist: www.kdhampton.com
Carrington Arts: 419-621-7617