Cotton (Gossypium spp) is the fluffy fibrous protective poof (called a boll) that grows around the seeds of plants in the Mallow family. It has been domesticated as a textile fiber since 3500 BC or longer, and foraged from wild plants for even longer, by dozens of cultures, on most continents. The inner bark of the plant has also been used in tincture form to treat a variety of female reproductive issues. More recently, cotton the greed of cotton tycoons from Europe in North America have imbued this ancient plant with a legacy of genocide, kidnapping, and enslavement of millions, unchecked greed for material gain, and the widespread decimation of soil. A complicated story, and a beautiful plant.
This painting is not included in the sale, because 50$ of this purchase will be donated directly to Asheville, North Carolina's Black History tour, Peace Gardens, and community development program extraordinaire, Hood Huggers, established by Dewayne Barton (https://www.hoodhuggers.com/)
I'd love to hear your stories about cotton. If you'd like to share, please drop me your lines through my contact page.
Original painting from the Ephemera calendar series (2016-2018). Black walnut ink and pen on paper. Approx 9.5 " x 12.5".
For a limited time!!! WHOLESALE FRAME OPTION:
If you would like to upgrade your purchase to the framed piece, for a limited time I'll be offering a flat 80$ framing fee. This is a wholesale framing price; I will use my local framer's chop shop for artists to frame the work for you before shipping. After adding this painting to your cart, find the "80$ Frame" item in my shop, and add to your cart.
If you do not elect the 80$ frame option, piece will ship flat, unframed, between board.
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