Portfolio http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/ Portfolio Reclaiming a Sense of Place Reclaiming a sense of place is a series on the Historic African American neighborhood of Overtown in Miami, FL. http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347480 195347480 Universe Pastel and Ink The round face split in two are independent opposing forces that flow in a natural cycle, the two sides are always seeking balance. Though they are opposing, they are not in opposition to one another. They are merely two aspects of a single reality. Each contains the seed of the other, which is why one is black and the other white. They do not merely replace each other but actually become each other through the constant flow of the universe. http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347481 195347481 Sisterhood This work is a salute to the strengths and majestic qualities of black women who impacted the west Bradenton community http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347482 195347482 Rhythm and Flow(Middle Passage Series) The middle passage is a series that focuses on the journey of slaves from the West Coast of Africa. History is not simply the recording of past events ? it is a living breathing entity filling the space of our present and shaping contemporary identities http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347483 195347483 The Shields Combining opposing forces http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347484 195347484 Unity (American Melting Pot Series) This piece is about mixing cultures and how women play such important role in our society. http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347485 195347485 American Melting Pot(American Melting Pot Series) Quilt Acrylic When I created this piece, I wanted to honor my ancestors and my inspiration came from the American flag. I used a series of interconnected forms to represent this theme. The circle of women in the center is a symbol of wisdom, creativity, and the complexities of life. How we as a community are intertwined and intermixed culturally? Think about all the women who have inspired you in your own life? At the bottom of the piece, is the melting pot that combines all of our cultures sitting on a sea of American blue. At the top is the striped skyline that parallels to the stripes of the American flag. http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347486 195347486 Wind of Change Wind of change is about the African American struggle to maintain cultural identity in the face of desegregation http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347487 195347487 Circle Center Quilt This piece is about spiritual divine light that is present in every individual. http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347488 195347488 The Singer(Musician Series) This piece was inspired by the High Priestess of Jazz Soul Nina Simone?s lyric: ?I sing just to know that I'm alive I play just to feel that I'll survive ?. She brought a soulful elegance to her vocal performance. She had originally dreamed of becoming a classical pianist, but due to discrimination at the time that dream never came to be. http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347489 195347489 Pride Embroidery Pride is about the individual power from within to struggle against oppression. The medium of embroidery can easily be construed as decorative and therefore dismissed by contemporary art audiences. In my mind, embroidery and decoration of textiles is often associated with women ? this is, historically speaking, an undervalued activity. So by taking this formerly undervalued work, and raising it to an art form, I am expressing a connection between fine art and textiles. The piece contains about 150 hand stitches per square inch http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347490 195347490 Unity (Adinkra Symbol Series) Pastel In the center of the piece are the Adinkra Siamese Crocodiles. The crocodile bellies are all connected together. This is the symbol of democracy and unity between different groups of people In the Adinkra symbol series, my focus was to capture the meaning of the symbols. Each of the motifs that make up Adinkra symbolism has a name and meaning derived from a proverb, historical event, human attitude, and animal behavior . http://caronbowman.webs.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=195347491 195347491