Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled hanging assemblage

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    Photo: William Arnett, 1998

Hanging inside Margaret's Grocery and Market is a large heart of red plastic tubing, within which is a smaller white heart, completely encased in beads. Purple beads (heart blood?) hang from the red heart. Attached is a yellow sunflower (sunflower = sun = God = life = eternal life), one of the most widely found symbolic objects in rural African American yards and houses. Dennis calls this piece Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, and explains, “The big heart pump blood, keep you alive, but the white heart is the spirit-heart. You got to be born again with the spirit-heart: Jesus Christ!”