Stephen Hammond, Sterling, Virginia
Mid 20th century Windsor chair
Stephen is the 3x great grandson of Nancy Syphax, who was enslaved by Provey Norris and John Gadsby. He is a retired geologist after a 40-year career with the U.S Geological Survey, a father, and a passionate family genealogist. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and moving to Virginia has heightened his genealogical explorations, which he also travels to New Orleans to conduct. This sculpture visually connects genealogy to geology -- the form references layers of rock in the shape of a mountain peak. The bedrock of books illustrates the importance of education in Stephen’s family, grounded by his grandmother, Zipporah, who was the first black valedictorian in a Denver high school, and kindled by his cousin Estrelda. Stephen grew up a voracious reader. His favorite flora are the vinca flower, as well as the Bristlecone pine, one of the oldest living organisms on the planet and is found in one of his favorite National Parks, Great Basin in Nevada.
Custom designed fabrics, steel, books, fabrics, foam, polyfil, thread, gimp, tassels, hardware, ratcheting strap, and family ephemera/photos
Centennial of the Everyday is a collaboration of Lauren Frances Adams and Stewart Watson
images courtesy Vince Lupo