New Explorations: Two versions of Vernell/Dignity

A few years ago I had the opportunity to sculpt in clay from live models. While working on the modeling of a dignified African American woman, I admired and vicariously caressed her face, contemplating attitudes and assumptions inbred into the white dominant culture about beauty and value. 

I later reinterpreted the sculpture in wood. Committed to functionality, I placed her face on a cabinet/pedestal fronted by a door with marquetry inspired by Congolese kuba cloth. Kuba cloth is notable in having no exact repeats in its intriguing bold patterns.


Old growth fir, walnut, ebony, bloodwood, painted MDF, marquetry veneers of ebony, bloodwood, satinwood, holly, black dyed wood.


60" and 63" high

Each: 12" wide

10" deep

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TREPaula Garbarino Furniture 2015 - pgarbarino@mac.com