Posted on: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 10:00am

Bloodroot: Transcending Paradigms of Domination and Greed is a collaborative work of sculpture and poetry by English Department students, Justin Alexander and George Daneri on display in Western Libraries through April.

This project evolved in the Spring 2010 class English 575: Studies in Women’s Literature, taught by Rosanne Kanhai, English Professor and Women Studies Director. The sculpture depicts class examination of the incarceration of growing numbers of women across the globe in spaces such as industrialized prisons, sweat shops, refugee camps, war zones, the Gaza Strip. Such women strive for liberation by drawing on inner resources, as expressed in the spiritual strength of the left arm of the figure transforming into a wing, and the process of creativity as expressed in the colored yarn wrapped around the right arm. The artist found all materials in the beaches, backyards and rubbish heaps of Bellingham and environments, making the point that creativity is not of commercial value but to be found in the margins; one only has to look.

A panel discussion with Professor Rosanne Kanhai, and students Justin Alexander and George Daneri on the sculpture and poetry will take place on Friday, April 23 from 2:30-3:30 PM in the Western Libraries Skybridge. Everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsored by the Women Studies Program and the Western Libraries' Diversity Task Force.

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