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Spirit Catcher from portfolio 10 x 10: Ten Women/Ten Prints

1995
20th Century
22 in. x 22 in. (55.88 cm x 55.88 cm)

Carrie Mae Weems, American, b. 1953

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Silkscreen on paper
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Mrs. John C. Sigourney [Mary Singleton], B.A. 1949, Fund
Accession Number: 1995.12.j
Carrie Mae Weems is a Black American artist who works in a variety of media, including fabric, text, audio, installation video, but is best known for her works in photography. She has expressed yhat the main point in her art is not about Black experience, but rather, a complex human experience and social inclusion. Spirit catchers originated from Native American tribes and were objects believed to protect people in the tribe. They are often made of a web, feathers, and beads. It is believed that their web catches the bad dreams and the feathers bring good will. In Weems’ Spirit Catcher, this supernatural object is alluded to through the image of ordinary mattress springs discarded in a forest.

--Golnaz Shariatzadeh, December 2018

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Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 16 in. x 15 7/8 in. (40.64 cm x 40.32 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 30 in. x 24 in. (76.2 cm x 60.96 cm)

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