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Annie Rhodes Lee
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

The concrete block, a ubiquitous form across the globe, anchors the narratives of each sculpture ,evoking rubble and dwelling, partition and protection, destruction and construction. With the speed and fragmentation of visual vocabulary today, our stories stack one atop another compiling many narratives from one, one narrative from many. The blocks form a framework that connects, divides, interweaves the images into a storyline that speaks to the transmittable nature of culture.
In the Metropolitan Museum there is a three inch clay figure of a woman sitting cross-legged in 12thC BC Mexico that has always touched me. She speaks clearly about her community as well as ours. Our cultural objects reflect not only our perspectives and beliefs but also our humanity spreading and overlapping across times and boundaries to reshape our understandings.

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