Asheville, NC. 1300 sq ft collaborative community mural. I organized and led the creation of this mural with the partnership of the Asheville Design Center and the Just Folks organization, between 2012 and 2013. This mural tells the story of Asheville's historic African-American business district, and surrounding communities that were displaced during the "urban renewal" projects of the seventies and eighties.
Asheville NC. 200 square foot acrylic laminate mural, completed in 2011 with support from a grant from the Asheville Area Arts Council.
The design of this mural interprets the history of the chicken-processing plant owned by the Young family, for which the alley is named. Sandra Gudger, the only remaining family member with memories of the business, contributed stories and photographs to the project. Together we wrote a poem illustrating her visual memories, which is painted into the work.
I painted most of this mural in pieces on PolyTab material in my basement, then pasted it up on the wall. Some background colors and certain details were painted on-site.
Asheville NC. 3000 sq ft mural underneath the Interstate 240 bridge over Lexington & Broadway Avenues. Acrylic on concrete.
The design of this mural depicts a stylized timeline of the people of Western North Carolina. Each character represents a different era of human experience. The first three represent the past; a Cherokee mother and child, an pioneering Appalachian matriarch, and an African-American laboror of the industrial revolution. The next three characters represent strong & visionary individuals in contemporary society; a cyclist, a designer, and a gardener.
2009. newspaper collage, water color, and xerox. 4'x3.25' Portrait of General Winfield Scott, the federal agent assigned to evict all Cherokee who refused to leave their land following the breaking of treaties in the 1830s. I was inspired to create this piece while reading John Ehle’s Trail of Tears.
Newspaper collage on masonite, 4ft by 2ft, 2009. Portrait of photographer Diane Arbus based on a photograph of her as a young girl.
6'9" square painting. Acrylic on canvas.
A celebration of cabbages and wild things! This work was originally made to accompany Loss, a painting of the same dimensions. Both paintings were created to hang on the walls of a farm-to-table restaurant & community center in Lewisburg, WV. Following the closing of the restaurant, the paintings were returned to me. Light now lives in a friend's farm house in Kentucky. Loss is still looking for a home.
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Marlinton, WV. 315 square foot acrylic laminate mural, completed in 2014 with support from a grant from the WV Sesquicentennial Civil War Commission, The Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, with special support from Gibbs Kinderman.
Marlinton, WV. 350 square foot mural, acrylic laminate mural. 2010-2011.
The design of this mural was inspired by the book The Last Forest, written by GD McNeill, a 6th generation native West Virginia writer. The poetry of his daughter Louise McNeill (WV poet laureate in 1974) was also used as inspiration. Their writings illustrate a great expanse of time, beginning with memories of the the virgin forest and the drastic transitions brought by the first timber industry. Characters from GD's book are brought to life in the mural. Louise's poems are interlaced in the upper portions of the mural.
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