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Emerging into Spirit II

1996
30 x 22 7/16 in. (76.2 x 57 cm)

Artis Lane
American

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of the Chase Manhattan Bank
Accession Number: 1997.1.3
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Location: Not currently on view

Edition: 11/70

Artists Proofs: 4
Trial Proofs: 2
B.A.T.: 1
Printers Proofs: 4
Hors Commerce: 11
Printer: Marina Ancona
Publisher: Hand Graphics, Santa Fe, NM
Portfolio: Resounding Heart

Though largely known for her portraiture, Artis Lane also explores themes of social justice and metaphysics in her art. Here, a figure struggles against vestiges of the materials used to cast bronze sculpture. This symbolic emergence from the burden of material life to a higher spiritual awareness speaks to the artist’s concerns with the history of slavery in America.

In 2009, Artis Lane’s bust of abolitionist Sojourner Truth was installed in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Michelle Obama, who presided over the unveiling, said, "I hope that Sojourner Truth would be proud to see me, a descendant of slaves, serving as the First Lady of the United States of America."

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