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Caged: Tribute to Maya Angelou

Brenda Sipe's avatar Brenda Sipe

My visual vocabulary uses lines from nature: nests, trees, vines, along with symbols representing captivity and freedom. I am interested in how a web of connecting lines supports, sustains, and sometimes entangles us. I paint on multiple surfaces using differing techniques. Often hidden or accidental lines in the medium or surface become part of the composition. Each new work of art is about the complexities of textures, mediums, surfaces, time, and the underlying structures moving us forward. Based on the poem, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, this oil and graphite painting on paper, depicts themes of captivity (actual or conditional) and freedom.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2"
  • Medium: oil and graphite
  • Width: 53"
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 45.5"