ARTIST STATEMENT: In April 2014, 276 girls, ages 11-15, were kidnapped from their school in Chibok Nigeria. I am a public school art teacher of young children in Brooklyn. This event struck me very hard. It felt like MY students had been abducted. It felt personal.
I have been concentrating on making the girls for the past year. They are seated or standing on books, cut in half, the covers and spines painted black and wired together symbolizing their lost education.
To date I have created 111 figures. Each figure is drawn, painted and numbered in a book where I am tracking my progress. The figures are also the subject of drypoint engravings I have been printing. I would like to show these figures, with interpretive text, calling attention to the trauma of women and girls, and teach workshops making clay figures, listening to the stories of the participants as they make their figures and recording those stories, bearing witness to the trauma of homelessness and domestic violence.
Please see the website http://chibokproject.angelafremont.com for more photos and details.
#70 of 276 2019 ceramic and textile 12"x3'x5" ceramic figure with arms outstretched , head tilted back in a gesture of hope, gratitude, or asking why?
#69, 70, 71 of 276 2019 ceramic and textile 12"x3'x5" figures have arms reaching upwards, heads lifted and tilted back in a gesture of gratitude, hopefulness and asking why. These are figures representing the abducted schoolgirls of Chibok, Nigeria.
Chibok Project detail 2018 ceramic, textile, paper, wire each figure appx 12"x4"x3". entire project is composed of 276 ceramic figures standing and seated with books cut in half, blacked out and wired together.
bark 2014 ceramic 3"x10"x1/2" This sculpture is one of 12 wall pieces responding to the textures and shapes and color of bark.
Three bark pieces 2017 ceramic each piece varied, 3" wide, 1/2" deep
Palm frond 2017 ceramic 5"x8"x1"
one of 276, seated figure on cut, wired and blacked out books 2019 ceramic, textile, paper 12"x6"x6" Seated figure with arms outstretched, head tilted back, on a stack of books representing stolen educational opportunities of the abducted schoolgirls from Chibok Nigeria
Process photo 2019 assembly of cut and painted books various stacks of books blacked out and wired together representing forbidden and stolen educational opportunities of abducted Chibok Nigeria schoolgirls.