March 24, 2014
Exhibition Opening: Dust In Their Veins: A Visual Response to the Global Water Crisis
Exhibition opening and reception, March 24, 2014, 6:00pm. An Exhibition by Candace Hunter.
Dust in Their Veins: A Visual Response to the Global Water Crisis is a presentation of mixed-media artworks created by Chicago visual artist Candace Hunter that bring discussion and action to the plight of women and children who are adversely affected by the lack of access to clean water. The lack can be due to either the global water crisis or living in conflict areas of the world.
There are twenty-four headless, legless profiles of women
rendered in wood and adorned in paint, gourds, glass, mirrors, and found objects. There are cultural “markers” on the torsos, identifying them with regions around the globe that suffer the most from the ability to attain clean water. These include markers of the peoples of Ghana, Nigeria, the Congo, those along the banks of the Yangtze River, Guatemala, and New Delhi—even the South Carolina Lowcountry! The “women” are either moving to or from a well to gather water for their families’ daily use.
The torsos created for this installation mimic the daily toil of hundreds of thousands of women and children whose bulk of their waking hours are spent in the procurement of water.
Water scarcity, or an ability to get potable water safely and economically, is a global issue affecting nearly a billion people around the globe. It is a dire problem that leaves death and
destruction in its wake.
The artist hopes Dust in Their Veins will not only create dialogue about the scarcity and politics of water, but that it will go a step further by creating an avenue for action.
About the Artist
Known primarily as a collagist, Candace Hunter’s work has been collected throughout Chicago and nationally. One-woman and group shows over the past several years have awarded her honors and awards. Jason Foumberg of New City (Chicago) says, “An artist working in collage can make one of two major statements: by selecting and cutting material from piles of old magazines, the collagist either despairingly critiques the ever-flowing fountain of consumer information; or else, she is a cosmopolite, joining disparate faces and places into a communal frame. Candace Hunter is the second type of collagist. She is a practitioner of inclusion and
willingly inherits the wealth and burdens of history.”
Ms. Hunter has indeed inherited the wealth and burdens of history and translates that into her work at all times. Educated by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and her South Carolinian mother, her world was filled with a sense of inquiry and wanderlust. Her grandfather, the Honorable James S. Hunter who was Indiana’s first Black state representative, sparked her awareness and accountability for social justice issues as well.
This exhibition, Dust in Their Veins: A Visual Response to the Global Water Crisis, speaks directly to the lack of clean water to countless women and children around the planet, asking the question: “What will you do?”