This print was created for and featured in The Southern Gallery's group exhibition 99 Problems in Charleston, SC. The show featured 99 artists, all printmakers throughout the United States. Each artist was asked to create a print focusing on a problem gripping our nation - be it social, political or cultural, in the wake of the division felt during the 2016 presidential election.
For our piece we decided to focus on a row of cottages on Jackson Street in Charleston, SC dating back to 1900. These cottages were built in a similar style to the Charleston single, although much more humbly, and are a perfect example of vernacular architecture - reflecting the local needs, culture and traditions of the time while utilizing local materials and construction techniques. Once referred to as “Freedman Cottages,” these types of vernacular structures were actually built and inhabited by all sorts of ethnicities together following the Civil War, including newly freed slaves as well as immigrants from other countries. These dwellings were typically built in clusters as shown, creating a new working class community, built for each other, by each other. Thousands of these homes existed in the early 1900s, each telling a unique story of Charleston history and the people who were there to create it. Today, these are some of the few left of only a handful throughout the Charleston area. We created this print to show our support for preserving these pieces of cultural and architectural history. We feel there will always be much to learn from our past, and if the remnants of that past are not preserved, we may no longer have the means to learn from it.
- 24" x 18"
- Six color hand printed screen print
- Limited edition of 10, signed and numbered
- Standard frame size
To read more about the exhibition, follow this link to an article published by the Charleston City Paper, featuring our print.