My first two painting in the series pay homage to two African American Women. The first is Harriet Tubman a slave born In Dorchester , Maryland. She escaped her bondage and returned many times to free her family and other slaves in southern Maryland. The Underground Railroad was a passage through rural area as well as cities and towns and always leading to free states. Harriet's portrayal is the anchor in the series. I want all the other images to look as if they have been pulled out of the landscape of her skirt.
Harriet Tubman depicted in a dress decorated with symbols of the Underground Railroad.
Priscilla and Her Family
The second woman was captured in Seirra Leone and brought to South Carolina in 1756. Priscilla's story has been documented by Henry Louis Gates a renown author and historian. The painting is from a photo taken of Priscilla and her family. I have not been able to find any information about the people in the photo. I do not know which lady is Pricilla. I'm imagining her to be the fourth figure in the left.