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    Completed Commissions: Untitled | We Shall Overcome

    We Shall Overcome

    Artist: Winfred Rembert
    Date: 2002-2003
    Media: Tooled, stained and dyed leather
    Location: Lincoln-Bassett School. 130 Bassett Street.

    The work of New Haven folk artist Winfred Rembert has been recognized by the arts community nationally. In 2000 Rembert's work along with Hale Woodruff was featured in an exhibit titled "Southern Exposure" at the Yale University Art Gallery the first local New Haven artist to ever receive a show at this prestigious venue.

    Rembert's unusual and preferred medium is leather made of cow hide, which is tooled, stained and dyed. The artist first draws an image on paper which is then applied to the wet leather surface. Details of the drawings are tooled, or imprinted into the leather, and stains are applied for color and depth. Super Sheen is the applied as a sealant. Finally, the work of art on leather is attached to a gator board using Leather Welz Adhesive for support.

    The vertically oriented scene depicts a group of African-American students marching for education at the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

    In addition to the work on leather, a vertical panel designed by Sandra Chen provides the following literal accompaniment, "We Shall Overcome, I am afraid , Scared of school, teachers, shaking, thinking everybody knows that I don't knows that I don't know. Too afraid."

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    Image of We Shall Overcome by Winfred Rembert

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