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.
Brown, Kathy J.
"Gullah Geechee Visuality as Protest Art, Contemplative Practice, and Anti-Racist Pedagogy,"
Journal of Contemplative Inquiry: Vol. 9:
1, Article 13.
Available at: https://digscholarship.unco.edu/joci/vol9/iss1/13