“This Same Dusty Road – Huckaby exhibit opens at Historic City Hall – American Press

Letitia Huckaby fuses photography, softly worn vintage fabrics, old quilts, faith, family, culture and social commentary the way some people connect words to create captivating stories that bring spring gone to life. The story is all its own, but very understandable. That’s the draw for the Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center’s newest exhibit, Letitia Huckaby: This Same Dusty Road, which opens today.

“Often the work reminds viewers of a family member, a familiar place, or a time in their youth,” said Letitia Huckaby.

Huckaby was born in Germany. Her father was in the military. Her mother was born, raised, and returned to southern Louisiana near Baton Rouge after the death of Huckaby’s father. Huckaby, 50, currently resides in North Texas with her husband Sedrick, who is also an artist, and their children Rising Sun, Halle Lujah and Rhema Rain.

Much of the work in The Same Dusty Road is influenced by images ingrained in Huckaby’s mind of the family taking field trips in that area growing up…a ​​field of white goats…a moss-covered oak tree in the middle of a junkyard. She romanticized Louisiana. By translating these unforgettable images onto vintage fabrics, she can infuse even more history. Most of the work lasts a few years, she said.

“I usually start with the photography and then decide how I want to present the images. Are you printing on solid white cotton fabric, vintage or heirloom fabric, vintage feed sacks, framed or quilted? All these decisions add to the time.”

The show is curated by the LSU Museum of Art.

Through heirlooms, traditional hand quilting techniques, and photography, Huckaby furthers her family’s legacy – particularly the matriarchs – connecting and confronting past and present injustices.

“The south feels like a world of its own to me. My family in Louisiana lives mostly in the countryside, very close together, so the places I often go when visiting family seem stuck in time.”

She examines the black experience and the changes in that experience, what has changed and what has stayed the same.

“In ‘Cotton Pests and Diabetes,’ I compare how diabetes ravages the African American community and a cotton field after harvest. The magenta images are microscopic tissue affected by diabetes. There are pictures of weevils in different life stages all over the ceiling. My father lost his battle with diabetes and it’s a huge issue for our community that seems to perpetuate its negative effects.”

Huckaby has an MFA in Photography from the University of North Texas, a BFA in Photography from the University of Boston at Lesley, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.

“I think moving to Boston and paying myself changed everything,” Huckaby said. “I am here found my voice. I realized that if I put my mind to something, I can make it happen. I worked full time at the Limited at Copley Mall and went to school full time. I worked in camps so it wasn’t emotionally taxing work and I was able to mentally focus on my schoolwork. I had left a job as a publicity coordinator for a radio station in Oklahoma. That’s where my parents lived; It was my father’s last place of duty and the place where he retired from the military.”

Huckaby’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection at Scripps College in Claremont, California, the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the City of Fort Worth Ella Mae Shamblee Branch Library and the City of Dallas at the Highland Hills Branch Library. She has exhibited at the Dallas Contemporary, the Galveston Arts Center and the McKenna Museum in New Orleans and has been in residence with Gee’s Bend Quilters and Brandywine.

This Same Dusty Road can be seen in the center until March 27th.

Be sure to check out Flamenco: From Spain to the US when you visit. Passionate, fiery and intense, this exhibition follows flamenco’s journey from 15th and 16th century Spain to its arrival in the USA and its rise as an international art form now enjoyed by millions; Black Heritage Gallery’s ‘Ether Art’, featuring the art of the bull ‘Tory’ Bush, and ‘Full of Lights’, a group show at the Gallery By The Lake, also open today.

Historic City Hall is located at 1001 Ryan St. and is returning to normal business hours Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Charlestown Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 12pm on Bilbo Street behind the centre. For more information, call 491-9147 or visit www.cityoflakecharles.com.

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