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. Nicole’s time in Rehab empowered her with the structure and tools necessary to deal with drug dependency. Removed from the rest of society among a group of strangers, Nicole found a place and space to face her demons. Alternately comparing the facility to a prison and to a school, Nicole acknowledged that the Cheyenne Center helped “save her life”.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions: