Detroit; Tale of Two Cities


When I think about Detroit it is difficult for me to separate my past from its’ future. Growing up in the ethnically diverse Southwest Detroit, I had a childhood filled with adventure, danger and wild imagination. The neighborhood school playground was gravel and glass. Any fall there resulted in painfully picking pebbles and broken glass from your wound, before cleaning your scrape. I lived through riots and renaissance. There has always been a duality to the city of both death and resurrection. It is the best of times and the worst of times. I believe today more than ever it is the tale of two cities. The piece above illustrates some of those feelings it’s available at the Rivers’s Edge.

The River’s Edge Gallery is currently featuring “Between Heaven and Earth,” an exhibition featuring Birgit Huttemann-Holz, encaustic paintings and Tom Szmrecsanyi, ceramic sculpture, October 5- November 30, 2013. The Opening is tonight 7-11PM.

About Babs

I'm a narrative sculptor navigating her way through the ever-changing currents in what feels like an art ocean. Whether appreciating the calm rhythm of calls for art and exhibiting, or waiting to catch a big wave of inspiration to take me to the top. I just love being in the water. Formerly a pickle packer, theater major, crisis counselor and occupational therapist with a BA in Communications and a BS in Occupational Therapy, only to discover I've always been an artist. My work grows from a strong connection to people and a passion for discovering the beauty in ordinary things. I sculpt figuratively in clay, utilizing the female form and women’s themes. Frequently my inspiration is drawn from childhood memories and my own short poems. Like each of us as humans every work is uniquely influenced by the past and present and has a narrative.
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2 Responses to Detroit; Tale of Two Cities

  1. Beautifully put. Beautifully made.

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