Episode 92 features vanessa german. She was born in Milwaukee, WI and currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. vanessa is a self-taught citizen artist working across sculpture, performance, communal rituals, immersive installation, and photography, in order to repair and reshape disrupted systems, spaces, and connections. The artist’s practice proposes new models for social healing, utilizing creativity and tenderness as vital forces to reckon with the historical and ongoing catastrophes of structural racism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, resource extraction, and misogynoir.

A visual storyteller, vanessa utilizes assemblage and mixed media, combining locally found objects to build protective ritualistic structures known as her power figures or tar babies. Modeled on Congolese Nkisi sculptures and drawing on folk art practices, they are embellished with materials including beading, glass, fabric, and sculpted wood, and come into existence at the axis on which Black power, spirituality, mysticism and feminism converge.

Kasmin Gallery  https://www.kasmingallery.com/artist/vanessa-german

The Art Newspaper  https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2021/12/01/handmade-tales-collage-textile-and-assemblage-pieces-abound-at-art-basel-in-miami-beach

90.5 WESA https://www.wesa.fm/arts-sports-culture/2021-02-19/artist-vanessa-germans-homewood-arthouse-looks-to-rebuild-after-fire

Studio Museum  https://www.studiomuseum.org/event/lea-k-green-artist-talk/vanessa-german

Youtube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Lbtots9HI

State of the art | Crystal Bridges https://stateoftheart.crystalbridges.org/blog/project/vanessa-l-german/

Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanessa_German

Transformative Now  https://transformativenow.org/vgerman

Fort Gansevoort  https://www.fortgansevoort.com/artists/vanessa-german/cv

School of Art | Carnegie Mellon University http://www.art.cmu.edu/news/school/vanessa-german-diploma-ceremony-2021/

Museum of West Virginia University https://arts.wvu.edu/news/2021/10/29/vanessa-german-piece-finds-its-home-at-wvu

NPR https://www.npr.org/2016/01/24/463859455/young-artists-find-home-and-healing-at-a-pittsburgh-art-house

THE BLUE WALK, Omaha, Nebraska. 2018 Union for Contemporary Art


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