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A labor of Love: Abner’s Tree process

This was a really challenging piece. It was a wrestle of self and soul, and of soul mates. Of ancestry and society. It was a necessary contribution to the dilemas that face us today.


 

We approached the work from a historical prospective looking for similarities and differences in past and present racial tension and injustices. All the while pondering the possibility of a unified future and asking ourselves what would liberty, unity, and justice for all look like in America.

For me this piece has grown me in many ways. I have wrestled like Jacob with God, seeking answers for past, present and promises for today and tomorrow. Despite the struggle, pain, and the ambiguous future.

In summing up my conclusions from this Art and Dialogue: Racial Tensions in America experience I believe that it does and will take all kinds of people to make the world a better place. Talking to my eye doctor yesterday, and African American man, we spoke of the bullet holes in the walls of A&T state university’s campus of Scott Hall dormitories. I told him my father was on campus at the time when shots rang out from National Guard weapons. Killing one student and wounding others. Now passed away, I wondered if my father would be proud of me and my work. My doc said “you know, you did something.” Which settled it for me.

My sister attended the Million Man March this past weekend. I love her strong, resilient and BOLD spirit. I told a friend if it was back in the day I would be Martin Luther King Jr. and she would Malcolm X. Our personalities are a bit different. 😉 But both men had their methods and they both contributed to society.

I encourage you, DO NOT DISCOUNT YOUR VOICE! You were created for HIS GREAT Purpose! We will not agree on every thing, however, allow God and His word to be your plumb line. If you build on His Word, no matter the quakes YOU will never be shaken.


 

Artist Statement and Process images

ABNER’S TREE is rooted in the words of 2 Samuel 2:26, “Then Abner called to Joab, “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that the end will be bitter? How long will it be before you tell your people to turn from the pursuit of their brothers?”  And we ask you America, how long will it be?

This art birthed out of our response to our own history as people of the south with two opposing bloodlines and our present day events. We thought it only fitting to create this work together, black and white, husband and wife. We wanted to take an honest look at our history. Ask the hard questions. And open the door for truth, healing, and reconciliation.

We use a tree as the base because throughout many generations the tree has been a symbol of life and of death. It is a meeting place, an image of family, but it was also used to kill many through lynching. The tree itself is an image of tension. The glass surface is pivotal for this work. The work symbolizes a meeting place, and intersection of all colors, tribes, and creeds. No matter, age, gender, or race, as one engages with the piece, the audience will be forced to see through it and engage with those around them. Ultimately, we cannot escape each other. But through humility, an honest look,  love, and forgiveness there is hope of unity.

The painted tree is formed from our profiles. The flag is slumped half mass over the black female side of the tree. Her leg bears its weight in tribute to ancestry bloodshed and how much of America has been build and funded by oppressed peoples. The red from the flag morphs onto the blood from lives lost and riots that fill the streets.

We want viewers to write to us injustices that have been done against them or someone they know. No matter their background or incident. This is to promote honesty, healing and reconciliation. We will take all writings  and adhere them to the pedestal to create a memorial. Respond here or on FB

May Abner’s Tree offer an avenue  through which to grieve, heal, and reconcile. May it promote justice and unity while facing past and present conditions. May it lift heads to hope and provoke some to forgive and other to receive forgiveness as we move towards  a brighter tomorrow.

 

 

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The Final Concept
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Structural Logistics
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At the Saw Mill
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Milling the Base

 

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Prep the Base
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Build the Pedestal
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Add Casters
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The Final Glass Image
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Frost the Glass
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Create Image on Glass
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In front of the Crown Humanities Building

 

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Final On Display

 In Honor of those who have gone before us and a HUGE thank you who all contributed to the process and the dialogue.

 

“Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” – Dr. ML King Jr

 

Yours,

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Krystal J F Hart

 

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Where Do We Go From Here?

I seek the divine in such darkness.
Where is the fair fight when the lights go out?
I scream and shout. I scream and shout. Much to no avail.
It seems that hell has seized that land, and no one understands me anymore.
Who has turned out the lights?!
I fight and fight to regain normalcy.
Embodied in the present past of traumatic events.
Will I move forward, or linger in the ashes of that which has been lost forever?
-Krystal J. F. Hart

Where Do We Go From Here was created with acrylics, inks, and an image transfer technique. I think of all that has been lost and ravaged by war and violence. I think of my own suffering and lost through my own traumatic experience. We are all but children aren’t we? I think of  “the children of Cain. Child leftovers from the fratricidal violence he symbolized.” -excerpt from Dr. Frank Wood.  The poem above can be seen interlaced through out the sky in the painting. When your storm is raging always remember, but there is still hope in utter darkness!

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Painting : mixed media on stretched canvas.

Krystal J. F. Hart

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A Windowed Perspective

Triumph and Tragedy of a Family Unit

Although the details of the family story are personal, the story itself is universal. The highs and lows of family, trauma, response, feeling of defeat, and overcoming are part of humanity as a whole.  – 2012

This painting and sculptural like piece, A Windowed Perspective is part of a body of work created in partnership with Alamance Alliance for Children and Families under the Behind the Seen Art exhibition.

With the Window:

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Behind The Seen Art

“A community project, based out of Alamance County, North Carolina, using art as a medium to spread awareness and provide insight into the uniqueness of families with young children experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges.

The scope of the project brings four families and sixteen artists together to create unique interpretations of family dynamics and challenges using visual art as a medium. Each family will be paired with four unique, diverse artists to interact and build relationships with throughout the term of the project. Each artist will then create works depicting their own interpretation of the children and their families which will reflect the way in which they perceive the world.”

Also, view the documentary trailer here. And more info Here

 

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Midnight Redemption

WONDER may take time

Hours of drawings,
meditating over each line, 
A dance in the passages of time, 
Trance some moments,
In bitter pain in others, 
Breath by breath, inch by inch this piece was finally completed.
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This drawing is ink on watercolor paper. There are also painted washes of sumi ink and gouache to help set the mood of the piece.

 

 

 

 

Silent Auction: Visual Poetry Walk

Silent Auction: Visual Poetry Walk

Come to our last and final viewing of all Poetry boxes in one place. The silent auction will take place tomorrow at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Experience poetry readings, local visual artists, music and snacks. Artwork starts at $40. Admission this event is FREE!

 

Visual Poetry Walk

The latest installation @ the Scuppernong Bookstore in downtown Greensboro:

Krystal Hart is excited to be apart of Greensboro’s Visual Poetry Walk. Her hand painted planter box water feature “Gardened Covenant” is an interpretation of Wayne Johns poem “Marriage”.  The piece is displayed inside the bookstore’s front window. Viewers are encouraged to interact with the piece by leaving their responses in a journal provided near the sculpture.

Here is a preview but GO today and check it out!

EVENTS:

September 02: Visual Poetry Walk – First Steps at 6:30 pm. Starting by the Main Downtown Library Branch at the VPW box poet and artist will speak briefly about the poem and box. We will proceed through the whole walk through downtown Greensboro. Ending at Artmongerz 610 S Elm St.

October 16: Visual Poetry Walk Celebration at 3:00 pm. Location: Scuppernong Bookstore. Poets with read their poem and artist will speak on the box. The 3:00pm reading will be apart of the Writers Group of the Triad Third Sunday at 3 reading series. Following the reading there will be a wine and cheese reception at one of the installation sites.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT: “GARDENED COVENANT”
As I received the poem I started to think deeper about marriage. Speaking with older married couples; I gained a deeper understanding of love, commitment and sacrifice. I saw an ageless wealth of love in the eyes of one widow and in others I was asked to pray for God to rekindle a fire in life beaten hearts. My husband and I even went canoeing to immerse myself as much as I could to understand how the context of the poem related to its title.  While creating, the initial focus on canoeing together was  this awkward dance of learning to maneuver life together. However, as I continued to build and think deeper, marriage became more about the environment surrounding the canoe as well. Just as the first marriage was created in a garden, this beautiful living thing needs constant cultivation, nurturing, watering, sun, and pruning. The commitment to come together is one of covenant. Birthing a life giving entity bigger than self, or rather these individual plants, water, rocks, canoe.

QUESTION: Have you ever made a commitment that was bigger than self? What were sacrifices of self in that commitment? Did you see the fruit, beauty of your sacrifice?

Look higher

 

Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.

– Luigi Pirandello

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New Dawn

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.

-Anne Lamott

newdawnPaint of images and imagination from my travels in Kenya. Gouache and ink on paper mounted on stretch canvas.

Studio Afternoon

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

– Dr. Seuss

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