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Object Name Drawing
Description This drawing is a depiction of a mother, father and child receiving knowledge and wisdom from the ancestral spirit. The spirit is Maame, which is an African word for mother. In African life and to Biggers, Maame is extremely important. She is the foundation of life, the matriarchal spirit and the mother of all mankind.
The family is facing an amorphous form with a female figure at the very top. The figure is their ancestral spirit, the amorphous form represents a kind of energy form through which knowledge and wisdom are being passed to the family. The pen and ink strokes in the drawing are rendered with Biggers" signature cross hatching technique.
Most of Biggers' finished drawings are conte crayon on paper. This drawing, it is pen and ink, was probably a preliminary drawing which makes it unique. To my knowledge this particular imagery and amprphous form have not been repeated in any of his work.
Date Circa 1970's
Artist Biggers, John
Dimensions H-19.5 L-14.5 inches
Collection Permanent Collection