The “Call to Freedom”wall piece measures 66”x90” (2012) inspired by the narrative of Harriet Tubman. Using the raven to represent Harriet Tubman, the bird symbolizes an oracle – intelligent, courageous, and singular in its pursuit.
In the book “Bound for the Promise Land” by Kate Clifford Larson, she describes the reality slaves faced when they escaped. In the background of the etchings are the seedpods of the sweet gum tree, common in the forests of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, that Larson explains,“Are large, round, and covered with spiny, burrs. They litter the forest floor, sometimes inches deep, nature’s bed of nails.” Those seedpods, once the medicine with aromatic therapeutic fragrance to the slaves; once healing folk treatment for wounds, and dysentery; once the hollowed out trunk that served as a baby’s cradle, would then, “Pierce the calloused, unprotected feet of terrified runaway slaves. The sweet gum tree would be among the first barrier on the road to freedom.”
The prints, painting and video are recent works for an exhibition-"The Other Side of Darkness".