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    Artist Name:

    Lonnie Holley

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, born 1950


    Blown Out Black Mama's Belly




    Rubber inner tube, cloth, wire coat hanger


    84 x 22 x 4 inches

    Credit Line:

    T. Marshall Hahn Collection

    Accession Number:

    1996.40 V

    Currently Not on View
    Lonnie Holley transforms cast-off material into art with a purpose. This assemblage of stretched inner tube and scraps of cloth is the artist’s tribute to his mother, who bore a great many children. The ligatures on the lower portion of the piece represent the tied off umbilical cords of her children and by extension the children of the world. The accreted meanings in Holley's assemblages urge the viewer to think about the relationship of past and present, the duality of matter and spirit, and the cycle of life and death.

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