"Agriculture and Commerce," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," lithograph and silkscreen by Ericka Walker. Edition: 1/30.
Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 1957.3.707, A Southern Aristocrat by Lloyd Branson, oil on canvas, 1896.
Artist statement: On a list of historical artifacts, A Southern Aristocrat stood out for its air of romantic myopia. Advertising the standards of a white American lady of privilege at the turn of the century-a sense of expected beauty, of poise, of social milieu-her portrait also tends to terminate the existence of that anonymous woman, cementing her in the past. A more contemporary read is that both as image and discrete object the painting acts, through its exclusivity of medium, to obscure the less-glamorous social, industrial, agricultural, and racial realities orbiting A Southern Aristocrat's regional existence. I felt printmaking, the workaday cousin of painting, could reintroduce her to the present, where she must still surely reside .
|Title||Agriculture and Commerce, from the portfolio Drawn from the McClung Museum|
|Role of Creator||Artist|
|Technique||lithograph | screenprint|
|Dimensions||H-15 W-20 inches|
|Credit line||Gift of the artist|
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