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Statement by Henrietta Mantooth, on her artistic response to Andrea Martin’s experience: Andrea Martin is a poet of her own struggle, and her words and images jolted my art into new ways. How to map out the harsh facts of her life to be seen and felt by strangers on the wall of a museum! The leftovers from our combined search are piles of scratch paper and canvas strips, scattered words and spattered paint, and scraps of crocodiles and snakes still lurking in my studio. But culled from talks on the phone and videos and photos, our experiences have combined to make us friends for life, and include Marilyn Wilson who has rescued Andrea more than once from the rainy street corners of New Orleans. Seth Ludman’s collaboration onsite made it possible for me to work on this piece from afar.
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