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Our House, from the series "Chickenbones and Watermelon Seeds: The African American Experience as Abstract Art"

A work made of vandyke print.

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  • A work made of vandyke print.

Date:

2001

Artist:

Rashid Johnson
American, born 1977

About this artwork

Rashid Johnson mines the histories of black Americans, materially and symbolically linking his work to an African American past. This print uses the Vandyke printing process, named for its resemblance in hue to paintings by Flemish painter Anthony van Dyck. Johnson brushed hand-made paper with a photosensitive iron-salt solution, then piled the surface with black-eyed peas and exposed it to light. Other works in the series use chicken bones and watermelon seeds, food staples associated with African American consumption during the centuries of slavery. Johnson’s loaded symbol of home—a small place of comfort within a larger, hostile environment—owes its shape to comfort food.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Rashid Johnson

Title

Our House, from the series "Chickenbones and Watermelon Seeds: The African American Experience as Abstract Art"

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 2001

Medium

Vandyke print

Dimensions

Image, approx: 132 × 119 cm (52 × 46 7/8 in.); paper, approx: 139.5 × 127.2 cm (54 15/16 × 50 1/8 in.); frame: 146.4 × 136.5 × 5 cm (57 11/16 × 53 3/4 × 2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dedrea and Paul Gray

Reference Number

2016.140

Extended information about this artwork

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