DescriptionWashington Park is behind Charleston City Hall at the Four Corners of Law. The Basket ladies actually set up diagonally across behind the Post Office, but I think in the interest of aesthetics, this is where they should be. Especially in the spring when the peppermint peach trees are in bloom, and you see all shades of pink in a single tree. Sweetgrass basket sewing is found all over Charleston, but not here except in my imaginary image. The Fireproof Building is in the background, headquarters of the South Carolina Historical Society. It was built in 1822 as a state office building with fireproof storage for records of the Charleston District.
Deborah Reeves, Charleston SC Member Since January 2009 Artist Statement I am a native Charlestonian and have spent most of my life in the SC lowcountry. I've drawn, painted, and created with various materials as far back as I can remember, including sculpting with wet cement with my bare hands when I was 7 and nobody was looking. In my formal education, I studied ancient things--languages, history, architecture, archeology, and, yes, art. This took me to the shores of the Mediterranean: Israel, Italy, Greece, and Tunisia. I took art lessons, from some of the finest local artists. However, I believe I have forgotten everything I ever learned from anybody anywhere, and am working on what comes naturally again. I have been making a living from my artwork since 1995, after reentering the passion in 1989. Charleston is my theme--I love the pattern of architectural shapes in various lights and the iconic images of my home city. From the study of ancient and exotic things and places, I have turned to my own roots and environment, hoping to share my vision and memories.