Jappie King Black

A mixed media artist and sculptor working in fiber and textile

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The sources of ritual art in so-called ‘primitive’ cultures have always interested me. Some of my work is about storytelling, legends and mythology. I have great respect for ancient artifacts. The spiritual power in the objects themselves fascinates me.

The trees in the woods behind my house are being taken over by the wild grapevines like kudzu in the deep South. I collect vine and bark, harvesting it all year, to use in my sculptures and installations.

Like most artists, the concepts behind my work are personal. However, I expect my work to speak about nature, metamorphosis, time, loss and the handmade object.

—JKB

 

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