Dana King is a classical figurative sculptor who creates public monuments of Black Bodies in Bronze. King’s work explores a subversive concept in a traditional form. She rescues everyday Black American heroines/heroes from unjust obscurity and then ennobles their tenacity and co...urage through figurative sculpture, recontextualizing a medium often used to elevate Eurocentric and white supremacist statuary. Across countless generations African elders and their descendants have communicated culture, history, and wisdom through storytelling. Dana King continues that tradition in bronze, resurrecting love, and truth from America's buried past. Intense research shapes such memories empowering King to create art that invites people to understand themselves and their lives in a connected and compelling way. King’s public sculptures are in the Bay Area and across the country. In addition to her most recent bronze bust of Dr. Huey Newton scheduled for installation in West Oakland, CA., her life size bronze artwork is in South Berkeley, California, New Haven, Connecticut and at the Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. She also just installed and dedicated “Monumental Reckoning” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the first African American woman to create a sculptural installation in the park representing the history of African descendants. King prefers sculptures because they inhabit space and space is power. She believes sculpture provides an opportunity to shape culturally significant memories that determine how African descendants are publicly held and remembered. Equity and justice are integral to Dana King’s art practice. (Photo Credit: Christopher Michel) Show more
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