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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
mid-1980s
Mud, blackberry juice, grass stain, white pigment, on wood
12.5 x 25 inches

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Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s elegiac composition Africa brings the viewer a sense of the sadness and loss that is an inevitable result when people are separated from their homes, their families, an

Jimmy Lee Sudduth’s elegiac composition Africa brings the viewer a sense of the sadness and loss that is an inevitable result when people are separated from their homes, their families, and their cultural roots. Sudduth, who lived in West Alabama, seems to conflate the landscapes of his rural home in America with a vision of his African cultural home—the figures in procession could be a line of captives or a gang of workers whose bent backs and slow gait portray their hopelessness and weariness.