VANESSA GERMAN (1976 - ) You Bring Out the Savage in Me #1.
Mixed media assemblage, 2013. Approximately 1321x711x508 mm; 52x28x20 inches.
Provenance: private collection, Washington, DC (2014).
Exhibited: Vanessa German: Citizen Artist, Concept Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, January 9 - February 8, 2014.
This incredible sculpture by Vanessa German was featured in her solo exhibition at Concept Art Gallery, her first with the Pittsburgh gallery. In the exhibition catalogue, the artist describes the multitude of media in this work as follows: "model ship, old keys, silk quilt, twine, wire, homewood beads, hope, the liberty of flight, the weightless bones of sorrow, the sensation of rising up, radio flyer toy car—made in china, and bird salt shaker."
Vanessa German is a visual and performance artist based in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Homewood. A self-described "citizen artist", German fully engages her community as a community organizer and advocate; she founded both Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, community arts initiatives for the children of Homewood. Her work is found in many museum collections including Everson Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, David C. Driskell Center, Snite Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. German was the recipient of the 2015 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, the 2017 Jacob Lawrence Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2018 United States Artist Grant and most recently the 2018 Don Tyson Prize from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.