Letitia Huckaby's visual art appears in Issue No. 54: The Everyday.
LA 19 did not start recently, but has been developing over the course of my life. Growing up an Army brat, my idea of what home is became fluid and malleable. The one constant was the family vacations to visit my extended family, who for the most part live on or off of Louisiana State Highway Nineteen. Whether I was in Germany, Oklahoma, Indiana, or Texas, Louisiana never changed. There I was home, but foreign. Having to rebuild relationships constantly and yet always fitting in. Part of a large family dominated by women. Women that work hard, pray hard, love hard, and laugh out loud.
I began by photographing family quilts as a precious object. Quilts have become a symbol of the African American experience and of those things that are passed down from generation to generation, be it good or bad. Instead of using paper, I printed these images along with documentary-style portraits of my family onto fabric. The printed images are stitched together with various other patches to create the final pieces. These works allow me to speak about family, heritage, and issues unique to my community.
Gran“Daddy,” 2010. Pigment prints on silk. 29.5 inches x 19 inches.
MaDear, 2010. Pigment prints on silk. 41.5 inches x 29.5 inches.
Letitia Huckaby has a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma, a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston in photography, and her master’s degree from the University of North Texas in Denton. Huckaby has exhibited as an emerging artist at Phillips New York, the Tyler Museum of Art, and the Camden Palace Hotel in Cork City, Ireland. She is a featured artist in MAP2020: The Further We Roll, The More We Gain, opening in spring 2020. www.huckabystudios.com.
View and read the other art, stories, and poems from Ruminate's Issue 54: The Everyday.
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