VOICES FROM THE WATER: THE INDIGO BATIK ART OF ARIANNE KING COMER
Rock Hill, SC – CJC’s Dalton Gallery presents Voices from the Water: The Indigo Batik Art of Arianne King Comer. The exhibition will open on 5 February and runs through 3 May, 2013. Arianne King Comer will present a gallery talk during a reception for the artist on 18 April starting at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Arianne King Comer uses traditional African art forms of batik and indigo dyeing to honor the gifts of heritage and healing. In 1992, King Comer traveled to the Yoruba tribal region in West Africa where her connection to the indigo plant was kindled. She returned to the states and bought land on St. Helena Island in South Carolina to grow her own indigo, a plant that yields an inky blue dye and was once a leading cash crop cultivated in the area’s coastal tidal waters. The images in Voices from the Water reflect her ancestral discoveries and journey from across-the-water places in Africa to the Carolina Lowcountry. In 2007 the proclaimed “indigo child” traveled to Nairobi, Kenya as part ofThe Charleston Rhizome Collective to conduct a textile workshop in batik and indigo at the World Social Forum. The fabric of her artwork and life is illuminated in the cultural legacy of Indigo Blue. Weaving together the roles of arts educator and textile artist, King Comer believes that art is a healing process that communicates peace.
Upon returning to Rock Hill, where she has previously shared her artistic skills through the South Carolina Arts Commission’s arts-in-education program, Arianne King Comer expresses “I have been reflecting lately how exciting it is for me to return to one of my favorite stompin’ grounds, with so many creative people I so admire….and to return through “Voices from the Water” in the New Year at CJC’s Dalton Gallery, gives me the opportunity to share my journey of almost two decades in SC….who would have thought?”
Clinton Junior College’s Dalton Gallery is located in the foyer of the library in the back of the campus on 1029 Crawford Road, Rock Hill, SC. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Mondays – Thursdays and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Fridays. Campus will be closed during Spring Break from March 10 – 17. For more information call 803/327-7402 x221or contact Marie Cheek, Director of CJC’s Dalton Gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org . CJC’s website is currently under reconstruction. For more information on Arianne King Comer go to http://www.ariannekingcomer.com/
Support for this project is provided by the Arts Council of York County Small Grants Program, which
receives funding from the Rock Hill A-Tax/Tourism Commission, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial
Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, the SC Arts Commission, and the National
Endowment for the Arts.