May 29-July 4, 2010
LA 19 (Daughters of God)
Something New, 2010
Pigment prints on silk and
The Galveston Arts Center is pleased to present Letitia Huckaby: LA 19 (Daughters of God), featuring work which blends quilting and photography while paying homage to the family of this Fort Worth-based new media artist. With a background in both journalism and photography, Huckaby combines the documentary aspects of photography with quilt making techniques to explore her personal history. Work from the series LA 19 incorporates photos of Huckaby’s extended family, who lived on or off of Louisiana’s state highway number nineteen. The 2-dimensional works are photographs that have been transferred onto scrap fabric which is then pieced together as a fabric collage or quilted photograph and framed. MaDear (2010) shows a woman sitting in a living room as seen through the window; the image is printed on circular pieces of silk and decorative fabric which have been sewn together.
The series Daughters of God focuses on the female members of Huckaby’s family, with each woman captured wearing a white dress in a different setting. The artist’s grandmother made the dress, which looks similar to a baptism garment. Huckaby notes that the dresses symbolize the passing down of tradition through generations.
Pigment Print on Silk
24 x 19-1/2 inches
The exhibition will also include three-dimensional works, specifically photographs of family quilts and family pictures that have been printed onto fabric and sewn into dresses. Something Old, Something New (2010) incorporates photos transferred onto fabric, as well as antique fabrics that the artist collected from other family members. These scraps were sewn into round “yo-yos,” a traditional style of quilting, that were then made into a wedding dress. The work layers the wedding tradition of old and new, as well as two- versus three dimensions (flat images sewn presented in sculptural form).
Pigment prints on silk
29-1/2 x 41-1/2 inches
Huckaby received her MFA in Photography from the University of North Texas in Denton. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, and BFA in Photography from the Art Institute of Boston. In 1997 she studied under Lucy Mingo, a Gee’s Bend quilter in Boykin, Alabama. Her work has been shown at the South Dallas Cultural Center, Houston’s Project Row Houses, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, New Orleans Photo Alliance and Renaissance Fine Art Gallery, Harlem, New York.