400 Years Painting by Karen Terry

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Painting: Acrylic on Canvas.

Rich in Happiness, Creative Freedom & the Textures of Life
I created this piece to promote faith. Also to recognize the 400 years of African Americans on this continent. Three pairs of praying hands and one pair of hands open. Each set of hands representing 100 years.
I used my own hands and arms to create this piece

Growing up in Jamaica Queens, NY, I envied my the freedom my cousins in the South had to run through green fields, to sit on their front porches and watch everyday life and people. ,I loved listening to the stories of my grandparents and to just watch the rain. I became so inspired by the textural soul, stories and colors of the South that my passion for art now reflects this very freedom in each piece I create. I love working with fabric, wood, glass, clay and re-purposed newspaper to fashion my creations for the wall, jewelry, and ceramics. Each piece is rooted in my personal history and experience, suggesting cultural and aesthetic kinship through my use of diverse materials and techniques.
I want the viewer to become part of the piece. I want them to be able to imagine themselves sitting on that porch or looking out across that field. With my other pieces I want the viewer to receive a tap on the shoulder to boost thought for more awareness to struggle with self or the struggle of others.




400 Years

Karen Terry

United States


Size: 16 W x 20 H x 1 in

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