Roland Ayers, Cataclysm, Rebirth New World

Pen and ink on paper
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Museum purchase, 2015
19 x 23 in.

This historical and visual epic connects past and present. The boat-like form that carries Ayers’s assembly of figures is a reference to the slave ships that brought Africans to America by force—the cataclysm. The boat is also a house of sorts, and the figures seem more contemporary than historical, for this is a statement about the current day, and the rebirth or flowering of African American culture.

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