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Creativity Arkansas: Angela Davis Johnson

Creativity Arkansas—Two Sisters: Daughters of War by Little Rock-based artist Angela Davis Johnson is part of the Creativity Arkansas Collection held by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. The collection began in 2008 and showcases artwork created by African American artists with a connection to Arkansas. Johnson says of this work, “This piece explores the duality of being a descendant of slaves in America after the Civil War. Out of atrocity there sprouted tremendous strength, ingenuity, and beauty yet the scars of assimilation and self-hatred still afflict this once oppressed people. Adorned with photo images and fabric each sister represents the beauty and the pain of this legacy.”

 

Johnson is best known for her vibrant narrative concept paintings that examine universal connections, southern identity and historical occurrences through personal symbols. Navigating between academic influences and outsider art individuality, she creates textured figures using oil paint, scrap paper and fabric within unique compositions. A signature member of Arkansas League of Artists, currently her work can be seen in galleries and private collections throughout the United States.