Blooming In The Whirlwind, by Artist Janelle Washington is the current Downing-Gross Art Center’s feature exhibit.
Through the medium of 3-D layered paper cuts, the artist seeks to show a changing narrative by using the faces of youth, text, flower crowns, symbolic imagery such as Adinkra symbols, and body parts as metaphors. Washington will illuminate the innocence of black youth, the resilience in their eyes, and the many layers of frustration, hope, and joy that they embody. The simplicity of paper silhouettes allows the viewer to focus on the faces that portray humans as they are – even if the world around them says otherwise, according to information provided by the Downing-Gross Arts Center.
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