Description In this bird's eye view, there are only a few architectural differences between then and now--the near corner was a hotel, where now the building is part of St. Philip's Church, and has a piazza facing Queen Street. The French Huguenot Church stands in place, and we see out towards the docks which reached more to the south than they do now. The slave market is another street over, on Chalmers, but closer to the docks were others, such as on Vendue and Exchange St. It's a pretty town, but I put storm clouds gathering, and I wanted to show a hawk formed by those clouds like I saw one day--I wonder if you can see it too? The lady in black being shielded by her enslaved maid's umbrella is like a quote from an old Charleston author: 'She, a gaunt, colorless embodiment of family pride, walked down the street like a social barometer, rising and falling, stiffening and unbending, according the blueness of the blood of the persons she meets.'--William Gilmore Simms, 1852.
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.