Mrs. Burroughs

LaToya M. Hobbs American

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The titular figure, Margaret Taylor Burroughs (1915–2010), was an artist and founder of the DuSable Black History Museum in Chicago. Her art reflected her social activism and belief in the importance of art "to record the times." Burroughs was best known for her linocuts, a technique embraced for its democratic potential. Using subject, technique, and title, Hobbs pays homage to Burroughs and her 1956 print Mother Africa. Hobbs practices woodcutting, a relief printing method related to linocut. Here, it allows for similar visual qualities across the two artists’ works. The act of creating a woodcut was important for Hobbs, who claimed that the carving a wooden block to create an image was "synonymous with the way one has to cut away negative ideologies imposed on them by others to expose or embrace their true selves."

Mrs. Burroughs, LaToya M. Hobbs (American, born Little Rock, Arkansas 1983), Woodcut

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