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Meet Vanessa German poet, performer, photographer, and sculptor for a journey into the creative genius that transforms everyday, discarded objects into the intricate sculptures that speak to the heart and history of the African-American experience.
Vanessa German is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist based in the Homewood community of Pittsburgh, PA. She creates “contemporary power figures,” as she defines them, made of everyday objects transformed into an iconography of astonishing metaphors. Her intricate mixed-media sculptures combine doll parts, antique tins, cowrie shells, household objects, and African beads. With these three-dimensional collages German reclaims objects and words that symbolize the oppression of African Americans for generations, creating serene, if surreal, figures that call to mind religious icons, Congolese minkisi sculpture, and folk art traditions.