Reflections: Gifted By God by Joi Lee

Joi Lee
Reflections: Gifted By God
mixed media

This artwork was included in the First Fruit XIV exhibition of 2010

First Fruit XIV in 2010, MAVUNO’s 14th annual exhibition, featured artwork created by emerging and accomplished African American artists and artists whose work celebrates African American culture. Inspired by the last 2 lines of the late Lucille Clifton’s poem, Won’t You Celebrate with Me, “Come celebrate with me the fact that everyday something has tried to kill me, and has failed!” This exhibition was juried by Vanessa German, an award winning, multi-disciplinary artist. A performer and sculptor, German creates contemporary power figures inspired by the everyday extraordinary might of the human spirit.

The theme, Come Celebrate with Me, invited artists to visually acknowledge, express and exhort the grief, pain, sorrow, triumph, and transformation of our stories. From transformation to living ritual, Come Celebrate with Me is not only a call to MAVUNO, it is a call to community, a call to the connectivity of humanity, a call to join in the recognition and celebration of hands and imagination at work- and in work, in purpose. Come Celebrate with Me is an open invitation to the eyes, to the mind and to the spirit.

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