Gift of the artist and Nicole Edwards
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Statement by Maria Hinds, on her artistic response to Nicole Edwards’ experience: “The Perilous Fight” invites the viewer to experience spaces in which Nicole Edwards lived and worked through the challenges of drug dependency. This piece offers a chronology of Nicole’s journey from addiction through rehabilitation including experiences of incarceration and re-entry during which she drew strength from her religious faith. Nicole vividly describes rooms and furnishings that capture key moments of this journey. Based on these recollections, I made small scale paper models of these rooms, which I then used as references for these interpretative drawings. The title draws from a lyric passage from the first verse of the Star Spangled Banner, evoking historical tensions between American ideals and Black realities.
After Rehab Nicole got picked up by police in New Orleans behind some missed court dates from her past. She spent several weeks in the Justice Center in a two-person cell before being released. Her cellmate was Muslim and kept a copy of the Quran under his mattress, the only personal item that was allowed in the cell. Upon release Nicole worked with Women With A Vision counselling sex workers, and now works fulltime in a restaurant.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions: