Africa

  • Joyce Scott, Africa, ca. 1980, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © ca. 1980, Joyce Scott, Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick (1995--2003), 2003.58

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Joyce Scott associates her beadwork with American Indian, African American, and West African cultures. Scott grew up in Baltimore and trained in fine art and art history. Drawing on past generations of craftspeople in her family, she adapts the traditions of handcrafted beadwork to create edgy imagery that often suggests issues of race and gender. The expressive faces in Africa appear to tell a story, but Scott invites us to form our own ideas about what the piece means. She used the "peyote" stitch to craft the necklace, a technique that derives from American Indian beadwork.

Title
Africa
Artists
Date
ca. 1980
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
14 1/2 x 10 x 1/2 in. (36.8 x 25.4 x 1.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Eleanor T. and Samuel J. Rosenfeld in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick (1995--2003)

Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African
  • Figure group
Object Number
2003.58
Palette
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