Dust in Their Veins
A Visual Response to the Global Water Crisis
An installation of mixed media art works that bring discussion and action to the plight of women and children who are adversely affected by the lack of rights to clean water – the lack can be due to either the global water crisis or living in conflict areas of the world.
Candace Hunter (chlee), concept, is a visual artist based in Chicago whose collage and mixed media work has garnered her both praise and a mixture of collectors locally and nationally. A previous series, “Prayer Circles…” was installed in sacred spaces for three years surrounding the Midwest. The challenge and hope for that series was to build bridges from two divergent audiences – those people who would rarely, if ever, visit a gallery or museum, and those people who would likewise feel the same about visiting a church/temple. Creating dialogue around the same work from two very different lifescapes was the desire, and ultimately, the glorious result. One of the larger pieces from the series is housed in the permanent exhibit of the Greater New York Center for Interfaith Studies. Hunter is hoping to create the kind of dialogue fostered by the Prayer Circles series, and to go a step further by creating an avenue for action.
The image being used for the series is a headless, legless profile of a woman. Headless because she oft has no say in the international arena on her rights, legless, because her mobility is hindered by geographical constraints, tribal conflict, gender inequality and poverty. The female profile is being rendered in woods, on canvas and on paper – anywhere from 4” to 6 feet and treated in paint, assemblage, and text.