A Cast of Blues
November 8th – January 4th, 2015
A Cast of Blues is a compilation of resin-cast masks and color photography of the men and women who defined and shaped the Mississippi Blues, by artist Sharon McDonnell-Dickerson and photographer Ken Murphy.
Sharon McConnell-Dickerson is a blind sculptor, lecturer, speaker, and columnist. Her art work is featured in numerous exhibitions and is included in museum, university, and private art collections.
She became involved with sculpture after being diagnosed at the age of twenty-seven with Uveitis, a degenerative eye disease. “Sculpture is the vehicle in which I access a lost sense,” she says.
“A life cast is like a 3D photograph to someone who is blind. It captures the flesh, muscle, bone, hair, and the subtle expression of emotion. I wanted to discover the faces behind the music I love, so I went to Mississippi to map out the visages of the real Delta Blues men and women.”