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The Light of Freedom – Karen Hampton Exhibition
February 13 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 24, 2019
Fiber artist Karen Hampton will present a tapestry of African-American life in the Mansfield Art Center Foundation Gallery. “The Light of Freedom — Stories of African-American Threads of My Family, Their Journey Towards Freedom and the Abolitionists” runs Jan. 19 – Feb. 24. The exhibit features work from Hampton’s Abolitionists series and pieces she refers to as Historical Narratives.
Hampton described her work and artistic approach. “As an artist of color, I have made a lifelong commitment to creating artwork that responds to the lives of my ancestors,” she wrote. “My lens is anthropology and I study my own genealogy. I travel in my ancestors footsteps, I walk 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 ancestors’ 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.”
Hampton was born in 1958 in Los Angeles, where she continues to live and work.