Gullah Geechee Visuality as Protest Art, Contemplative Practice, and Anti-Racist Pedagogy
Keywords:art, arts-based research, Gullah Geechee, Gullah, anti-racist pedagogy, art education, visuality, Afro-Indigenous, artmaking
This article centers two fabric assemblage pieces I created in response to the Black Lives Matter protests of the summer 2020: the first piece made specifically in response to the murder of Breonna Taylor. In 2021, I completed the second piece—her male counterpart—created with similar methodology and materiality, in recognition of the long history of Black men who lost their lives and or were/are impacted by police brutality, specifically Sgt. Issac Woodard. I believe that as a proverbial Black collective we continue to be linked, in equal parts, by both collective memory and concurrent triumphs. Here, as critical arts-based research, I meditate on the sources of the work and unpack Gullah Geechee cultural traditions which intuitively informed my art. Lastly, as a former art teacher, current university professor and longtime artist with periods of hiatus, I conclude by positing implications for the field of art education.
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