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Odyssey Portfolio

Odyssey,

1988
Set of 10 hand-painted monoprints with photo transfer on Sekishu rice paper
72 x 40 inches (182.9 x 101.6 cm) each
Variable edition of 2
Odyssey is a monumental series of ten monoprints that Emma Amos made with the intention of taking over the scale e scale of an entire room when exhibited. She made these prints at Bob Blackburn's printmaking workshop with master printer Kathy Caraccio, for an exhibition at the Atlanta Arts Festival. Odyssey is an autobiographical series, which focuses on 100 years of the artist's family history, from the period of slavery up to the 1960's.

In discussing her Odyssey prints, Amos wrote: “These works recreate a history I wish to share with all Americans, especially young people with little access to family storytellers. The story of my family may seem unusual to people unfamiliar with the lives of educated black Americans. Odyssey ends with me leaving Atlanta at the beginning of the 1960s, when a new South was rising and everything seemed to point to an invigorating and rewarding journey ahead for the whole nation. As a recorder to this of this bit of history, I am a “witness to the future”, as Alice Walker wrote in In Search of Our Mothers Gardens:

“We are a people. A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they were thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children, and if necessary, bone by bone.”

Odyssey is my homage to family, friends, mentors, heroes and the stories that formed in Atlanta, the ‘Gateway City of the South’.”

The Odyssey prints were last exhibited in 1993-1995 in the solo museum exhibition, Emma Amos Paintings and Prints 1982-1992, organized by the College of Wooster Art Museum in Ohio, and travelled to the Wayne Center for the Arts in Ohio, the Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center and the Studio Museum of Harlem.

 
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Odyssey Portfolio
Odyssey, 1988
Set of 10 hand-painted monoprints with photo transfer on Sekishu rice paper
72 x 40 inches (182.9 x 101.6 cm) each
Variable edition of 2
Mules and Men
Hunting
Trio
Grandma Emma
Georgia Pharmacists
Tea Ladies
India, Miles, and the Children's Party
Irene, India, and Friends at Graduations
Ku Klux Klan
Freedom March
Odyssey, 1988
Set of 10 hand-painted monoprints with photo transfer on Sekishu rice paper
72 x 40 inches (182.9 x 101.6 cm) each
Variable edition of 2