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Four Brothers

Randy Meyers's avatar Randy Meyers

Four Brothers captures a beautiful moment in the life of a family with an international foster child from Eritrea on a day when the boys had fun together at the museum. With different skin tones, background stories, privileges and struggles, these masks explore the past stories as well as the future hopes and dreams of four brothers. The clay for these masks was dug in my childhood hometown of Allendale, Michigan. I processed all the clay and pit fired one mask which broke into several pieces. After repairs, the surface was ground to reveal beautiful charcoal blacks and grays. This mask represents the struggle of growing up in multiple refugee camps and reveals a kind of inner beauty forged in adversity. Three masks were bisque fired and cold finished. They represent the strength of privilege when advocating for equality. Viewing Four Brothers gives us an opportunity to explore our own prejudices, privileges, and challenges us to journey together with one another.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3.5 in
  • Medium: Clay
  • Width: 6.5 in
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 19.5 in