Drawings by and Photographic Dramatizations featuring:
Jamea Richmond-Edward

Sacrifices For Sacrifices. 2014

The Cost of Making her Run:
Fear, Flight, Freedom

March 21st - April 20th

Opening Reception: March 21, 2014, 7-9 PM
Gallery Talk: April 20th

In, “The Cost of Making her Run: Fear, Flight, Freedom” Jamea Richmond-Edwards employs intimate portraits of women and dramatic photographs in a complex exploration of her personal cosmos. The works, centered on the dichotomy of self-belief and doubt, are inspired by life experiences, family narratives and the legacy of Harriett Tubman. Addressed are concerns of identity, racial discrimination and subjugation, coupled with artistic challenges and triumph.

As a ballpointist, Richmond-Edwards’ women are composed of swirling orbs and densely scrawled lines. One is seduced by their alluring gazes; some possess self-assuredness, while others reveal vulnerability. Each woman is a metaphor for Richmond-Edwards’ trials and achievements. They are multi-generational, representing various periods in the artist’s life. They exist in an imaginary world where darkness shields them from fear, self-doubt and those who seek to oppress them. Appearing iridescent under the night sky, these beautiful and powerful lionized figures gather to perform rite and ritual, in a secret community where they draw strength from one another and their ancestors.

“This Time, She Ain’t Afraid” is a captivating series of photographs in which Richmond-Edwards reenactments Harriett Tubman’s escape from slavery. Inspired by Tubman’s defiance, determination, fearlessness, and resilience Richmond-Edwards evokes her spirit as she seeks to flee the constraints of racial discrimination and obstacles placed by those with perceived notions about her art making.

The compelling drawings in “The Cost of Making her Run: Fear, Flight, Freedom” and stirring photographs in “This Time, She Ain’t Afraid” are the embodiment of Richmond-Edwards’ life’s journey and are her testament to overcoming personal fears; in fleeing to find refuge in a world without judgment; and fulfilling her quest for freedom from physical and physiological barriers. As she leaves us to ponder, what is the cost of making her run?

Myrtis Bedolla, Founding Director and Independent Curator

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