ACTIVATE: Market Street Featured Artist: Adrienne Wheeler

I am an artist, independent curator, arts educator, and advocate for social justice. My art provides a platform for expressing my discontent with injustices, particularly those affecting the lives of women and children.

This work, informed by various Central and West African ancestral and spiritual practices and cultural traditions, explores the role that these traditions (misunderstood, marginalized, and often demonized) have played in resistance to the inhumanity of slavery and other forms of oppression.

I offer my art as a healing to end the oppression of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and human suffering of every kind.

My process involves collecting fallen timber with anthropomorphic and sculptural shapes, when wrapped and bound with fabric or other materials are transformed into healing, guardian and carnival figures as well as conceptual wall sculptures and site- specific installations. Utilizing the same materials, I make healing bundles in varying sizes and shapes.

The most recent works incorporate papier-mache fertility masks with particular emphasis on the female form, conceptualizing the breasts and pregnant bellies as the vessels and/or healing bundles.

To view Adrienne’s work along with many other fascinating artist’s pieces live, stop by 75 Market Street, 77 Market Street, 85 Market Street and 93 Market Street in Newark New Jersey.

The new rotation will begin October 10th 2013 at dusk. Come by and experience the night life.

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