A Living Painting

Directed and edited a video for the Newark Museum featuring Tia James as a character inspired by Winslow Homer's painting "Near Andersonville." The video highlights the journey of an enslaved woman and the hope of reuniting with her husband along the Underground Railroad. The video also features a modern rendition of the folk song "Follow the Drinking Gourd." I also hired a videographer and music company to create this special feature.

The video was mentioned in the Harvard Press as a "Creative teaching tool" for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and provides a deeper understanding of the historical context and personal experiences of those affected by the Civil War.

Near Andersonville (cropped)
Winslow Homer 1865/1866
Title: Near Andersonville
Creator: Winslow Homer
Date: 1865/1866
Physical Dimensions: w18 x h23 in (Image)
Provenance: Gift of Mrs. Hannah Corbin Carter, Horace K. Corbin, Jr., Robert S. Corbin, William D. Corbin and Mrs. Clementine Corbin Day in memory of their parents Hannah Stockton Corbin and Horace Kellogg Corbin, 1966
Type: Painting
Rights: https://newarkmuseumart.org/terms-and-conditions-of-use/
External Link: The Newark Museum of Art: Near Andersonville
Medium: Oil on canvas

Winslow Homer
American, 1836–1910

Winslow Homer is one of the best known painters of American scenes of outdoor life. After an apprenticeship in lithography, Homer began his career as an illustrator for Harper's, drawing scenes of the Civil War battlefront. After the war, he traveled to Europe and then spent the summer of 1873 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he began to work in watercolor—what would eventually became his primary medium. Homer's outdoor genre scenes painted a varied picture of Americana, from scenes of wilderness guides, to rural African American life in the post-Civil War era, to children at play. In 1881, he spent almost two years on the English coast depicting simple scenes of the local communities. As his career evolved, Homer turned more and more to the sea, and a move to a secluded spot in coastal Maine prompted the eternal struggle between man and nature to become a prominent theme in his work.‍

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