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Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles
She Rises, Himba Portrait Series by Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles, 2016

2016

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Pohlman and Knowles began their collaboration in 1992. They use a variety of materials in their rich assemblages, including hot-sculpted glass, various metal works, found objects and beads, achieving a fine sense of formal balance. Three notable research field trips had a profound impact on their personal and artistic development: in 1997 they visited Zimbabwe and Botswana; returning to Africa they visited Ghana in 2000; and in 2002 they traveled to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and East Africa. They gathered creative and emotional inspiration from these travels. These experiences are used to create sculptures that embody mythological stories in glass. Part of the narrative of the object is derived from the artists’ own travels and part by ancient cultures and magic of African life as witnessed by the two artists: “We have a point of origin and balance our elements within that framework. “ This very new work originated with Sabrina’s desire to reveal the emotional element of our portraiture of Himba women - whom we met in 2008 in northern Namibia - in blown glass. She came to this decision after living with their portraits in our studios for several months upon our return from a two-month journey to South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The culmination of three years of hands-on experimentation, trial and error, discovery and pursuit, these works embody our collaboration, cooperation, risk-taking, persistence and passion and are our homage to the seemingly omniscient women of the indigenous, nomadic Himba culture. Selected Collections Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA Cancer Care Alliance Center, Seattle, WA Anne Gould Hauberg Collection, Seattle, WA Allen & Kathleen Shoup Collection, Seattle, WA Jon & Mary Shirley Collection, Seattle, WA Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 40 in. x W 15 in. x D 7 in.

    H 101.6 cm x W 38.1 cm x D 17.78 cm

  • Gallery location
    St. Louis, MO
  • Reference number
    LU9721328083

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