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Song for Our Fathers
Artist: Michael Harris (1948 – 2022) Primary
Artist: Robert Franklin (aka "Bob") Printer
Artist: Brandywine Workshop and Archive Publisher
For the past 14 years the forms I have used have been based upon the rhythmic, organized grid of African American quilts. To this now has been added a series quoting from and inspired by shrine paintings done by Yoruba women. I have improvised in ways that reflect an attempt to discover a symbolic relationship between African American musical expression and the visual organization of the works based in quilting. The shrine works deal with the sense of ritual performance and family tribute and the sense of sacred space. The process of creating art represents a path of discovery rather than a state of mastery, and the work at any point provides a glimpse of an act of becoming."
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
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