Marshall, Cora, (Bilhah)
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Bilhah - 1764 by Cora Marshall
18" x 24" Acrylic, Wax, Washi, and Mixed Media
Runaway: Going, Going, Gone. The works are inspired by “Wanted” advertisements from the early 1700s and 1800s. These ads describe runaway enslaved people of African descent in, sometimes minute, details. Descriptions of hair color and styles, clothes, complexion, scars, size, and demeanor conjure vivid images in a real and tangible ways. Lucy, the first in this series (1809) was a 17 year old of dark complexion who went to the market and never returned. A $5 reward if offered.
ABOUT THIS PIECE:
RAN-away from me the Subscriber, the 14th Instant, a Molatto Woman named BILHAH, aged 30 Years, a tall,, thick built, well proportioned Wench: had on a brown short camblet Cloak, a light colour’d stuff Gown, barr’d with Yellow, a blue camblet Quilt, and check’d linen Apron, black silk Bonnet, a large pair flower’d silver shoe-buckles, may possibly pretend to be a Free Woman, or may Change her Apparel for Men’s Cloathing. All Masters of Vessels are cautioned from carrying off said Molatto – Any Person who shall secure said Molatto Wench in any of His Majesty’s Goals shall have FOUR DOLLARS Reward and necessary Charges paid by JARED ELIOT. KILLINGWORTH, Mar. 21, 1764
ARTIST'S STATEMENT Centered in spirituality, I create work that seeks out the connections to and lessons from my African and Native American past. By mixing symbols and meaning, by affirming the potency of the past, by honoring the holy, I extend an invitation to contemplate the significance and depth of the power within. Currently, I am working in and across the medium of painting, collage, and mixed media to find those intersections and crossroads where the spirits dwell. In so doing, I hope to further understand and establish a relationship with that that has gone before me.
BIO Cora Marshall, born in Washington, DC, is an artist, educator, and scholar. She received her B.F.A. from Howard University; Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education with Parsons School of Design; and her doctorate in art from New York University. Dr. Marshall, Professor Emeritus, served as chairperson of the Department of Art at Central Connecticut State University 2006 - 2012. Marshall has exhibited both internationally and nationally including National Conference of Artists; Kumasi, Ghana; A.I.R. Gallery NYC; Skylight Restoration Gallery in Brooklyn; Hammonds House Gallery in Atlanta; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Craftery Gallery, in Hartford; the Rosenburg Gallery at NYU; and Picture That, LLC, Stamford, CT with multiple venues. Dr. Marshall’s current research interest focuses on contemporary African American artists, in particular, Black women artists (African/African-Native women artists). She has presented at numerous professional venues including the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Cornell University, Columbia University Teachers College in NY, College Art Association, Connecticut Art Education Association, and Southern Connecticut State University, in New Haven. Dr. Marshall currently resides in the Gulfport, FL area.
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