DARED TO BE BLACK AND SHINING
Dared to Be Black and Shining (2023)
By D. Lammie-Hanson
8 ft x 12 ft (96 in x 144 in ) / (243.84 cm x 365.76 cm)
Silver, Graphite on Extreme Matte Black prepared wood panel
The Story Behind the Project
Chicago-based artist D. Lammie-Hanson has dedicated 7 months (May, 2022 to January, 2023) creating one of the world's largest silverpoints, an 8 ft x 12 ft artwork detailing a moment in Black life in Harlem, New York. The piece, which will be unveiled at the Chicago Art Department in January 2023, is inspired by Lammie-Hanson's memories of her childhood in Harlem and is intended to share those memories with childlike wonder. Lammie-Hanson is one of the inaugural artists of the Artist Residency Program at Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center in Chicago and is known for using silverpoint, a technique that involves thin pieces of wire to create silver deposits on a prepared surface, to create finely rendered, sensitive portraits that reflect light and illuminate. Lammie-Hanson's surfaces are covered with an extreme matte black acrylic to represent the base color for Black skin and the tenement buildings and storefronts in her artwork contribute to the narrative of Black life.