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Leo Twiggs

batik cotton dye

Currently on view at Mint Museum--UPTOWN

Museum purchase with funds from the Charlotte Debutante Club

For more than 50 years, Dr. Leo Twiggs has engaged with a wide range of subjects in his unique batik paintings, from explorations of his own family story and regional events to ever-changing ideas about race and history. In 2016 The Mint Museum exhibited Dr. Twiggs’ powerful cycle of nine paintings created as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the shootings at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. In this series, Dr. Twiggs sought to inspire reflection, redemption, and ultimately, healing. The museum commissioned this painting from Dr. Twiggs following its presentation of that exhibition. Mint Museum curator Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman visited Dr. Twiggs in May of 2018, and shared with him comments that visitors had left during the run of the exhibition. As Dr. Twiggs noted: “This information was important because I believe works of art live in the dialogue between viewer and art object. The artist uses colors, forms, textures, etc., to create the art work and the viewer encountering it takes a visual inventory of what he/she sees, processes how it fits together, and makes his own interpretation. . . . What the viewer comes up with may or may not be what the artist intended, but that is how art lives beyond its creator. . . . Since the Mother Emanuel paintings were used at every exhibit venue as a catalyst to create conversations about race and culture, I was inspired to do a 36” X 30” painting I call Conversation.”

Accession Number: 2018.44


height: 38.5 inches
width: 32.5 inches

Copyright Information:
NEPL artist signed non-exclusive license 2020

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