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Just As I Am is an exhibition of the works of Dionne Jackson, a wood carver and environmental artist. Opening Reception: February 3, 6 to 8 pm.
Artist Statement: As a wood carver and environmental artist, I collect wood and tools from my environment to create artwork that represents my culture and my own experiences. Each piece of wood has its own story to tell. My goal is to reveal and enhance the marks that are already there. As I see the beauty in these distinctive, raw, unique wood pieces, I am reminded of the beauty within myself and my heritage. What encompasses my work are the “4 R’s;” relate, rescue, reveal, and release. I relate to the wood as if they are my family and my ancestors. I notice all the imperfections and marks in the wood, and let the wood tell me what it wants to reveal. The message the wood reveals to me, offers insight into my ancestors and my culture. I aim for these pieces to move those who see them to think, feel and act.