Keynote Speaker for Fall Arts Festival: Vanessa German
Poet, performer, photographer, and sculptor Vanessa German creates works that explore the power of transformation and healing.
Vanessa German scours her Pittsburgh neighborhood searching for objects to incorporate into her art. “I surrender myself to the objects that call up to me,” she has said. Her intricate mixed-media sculptures combine doll parts, antique tins, cowrie shells, household objects, and African beads.
I Will Not Suffer For You, 2017
With these three-dimensional collages, German reclaims objects and words that symbolize the oppression of African Americans for generations, creating serene, if surreal, figures that call to mind religious icons, Congolese minkisi sculpture, folk art traditions, and the work of Betye Saar and Fred Wilson.
Part of the Fall Arts Festival. 2020 festival posters and icons designed by graphic design student Jenna Ventura.