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. Since childhood Nicole has been a member of the Greater St Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans East. Throughout her life challenges she remained connected to her spirituality and turned to her faith to help “cleanse the pain.” Nicole is particularly moved by the transcendent power of the choir, sitting close to the front to best enjoy the healing energy and music.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions: