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Wasting Your Beautiful Mind: Coolidge Antiquitas (2nd Presidential Edition)
August 26, 2017 – October 1, 2017
In this suite of last ladies I am undergoing a massive renovation of Grace Coolidge’s risque art-deco collection that was housed in a green room during her tenure at FLOTUS in 1924. In my 21st century remodel, the room is stocked to its brim with majestic African sculptures that are composed of living incarcerated heads and deceased oligarch bodies. Like Coolidge I too am elevating recognizable national emblems so as to reestablish all things that are quintessentially American.
This installation is composed of works mostly done on watercolor and Xerox paper, drawn and collaged using ink, graphite, silver gouache, blade and glue.
Yanique Norman (Jamaican, b. 1981) is a multidisciplinary artist whose afro-futurist work explores themes of alienation, trauma and post-colonial identity all the while remaining incessantly blue. Norman migrated to the United States at the age of 12 and was raised in New York City. In 2005 she relocated to Atlanta and studied at Georgia State University (BFA, 2014). She is the recipient of many awards, notably the Walthall Artist Fellowship (2016), IDEA Capital (2015) and the Mary Brock Williams Scholarship (2013). Her work can be found in museums and public collections throughout region including The High Museum of Art, Hammonds House Museum and Clark Atlanta University Museum. Norman currently is pursuing her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
- Curated by Daniel Fuller