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Alexandra Karamallis

They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds

Original Work on Paper

$ 2,000.00

30 x 22 inches | Original Work
Unframed
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DESCRIPTION

Watercolor, gouache and collage on paper | 2017

In this piece I was thinking about the role black people have played in building America. I made it in response to Michelle Obama's line "every morning I wake up in a house that was built by slaves". It is about a people who were stolen from their land and collaged into the fabric of America, with literally no regard for their humanity. I was thinking about the history of slavery and agriculture and Michelle Obama's garden at the White House, and what Ta-Nehisi Coates has called "the beautiful struggle". In this piece I cut up watercolors I did in South Africa and collaged them into a scene reminiscent of both the White House and a plantation. I was thinking of it as a symbolic act of stealing what was made in Africa, then destroyed, displaced, and dispersed into America. 

DIMENSIONS

30 x 22 inches

FRAMED DIMENSIONS

34.25 x 28.25 x 1.25 inches

AUTHENTICATION

Signed by the artist.

The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed by the Co-Founder of Tappan

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Karamallis works primarily in gouache and watercolor with elements of collage, but has recently begun to explore the realm of oil painting.

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