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My Country Needs Me, 4/13/1996
Ink on paper
30 in. x 29 1/2 in. (76.2 cm x 74.93 cm)


Object Type: Offset LIthograph
Technique: Lithography
Creation Place: North America, America
Credit Line: Courtesy of the Brandywine Workshop and Archives
Accession Number: 2011.9.18


Commentary
"As an artist, Ewing's work focuses on his need to intersect body and place, memory and fact, to reexamine human, cultural conditions, and events." rodneyewing.wordpress.com/bio-rodney-ewing

Marks
This piece is signed, dated, and numbered.

Medium
ink on paper

Object Description
Set upon a red background created by crosshatching, horizontal blue, crosshatched stripes alternate with light gray, crosshatched stripes on the page. In the center, a high-contrast photographic image of an African American woman's face is depicted in black. The face appears askew, with each stripe carrying a portion of the portrait, so that the individual parts are not in line with those in the other stripes. At the top of the work, in black ink, are the words, "My country needs me, and if I were not here," and at the bottom, the phrase is completed with the words, "I would have to be invented." Next to the end of the quote, "Hortense Spillers" appears.

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