Dallas, Texas:: A Bee Press,, 2016.. Edition of 4 . 8 x 6 x .5"; 6 pages. Accordion with pockets containing double-sided cards. Materials: Cotton plant, bronze, silk thread, cloth, watercolors, paper, ink, toner, plants, silk. Pigments prints and watercolor illustrations. Text printed in Lucida bright and handwritten. Custom clamshell box containing cotton plant with bronze electroplate stem, one paper signature with text, one cloth accordion. Signed and numbered by the artist. Cotton Heritage features an essay about the love of gardening and its connection to ancestral legacies. Alisa Banks, essay: "It all began with cotton - staple crop of the South that contributed to both forced dependence and independence. It provided support for some families and facilitated the destruction of others. ... It was a common link between large plantation, small farmer, sharecropper, and urban dweller. For many farming families of African descent, years of hardship 'growing cotton' as it relates agriculturally, culturally, and socially were punctuated by moments of happiness. ... Memories spoken and unspoken cast a shadow touching successive generations, contributing to seemingly unexplainable commonalities that are manifested in like fashion, such as strong connections to plants and gardens. Working in the soil, sharing space with plants offers a balm to the turbulent history that dwells beneath the patinated surface of those memories and reaches back to the ancestors."
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