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Greens Grow in My Garden
On view through May 27, 2023
Glynn Visual Arts
St. Simons Island, Georgia

“Greens Grow in My Garden” features recent paintings by Natalie Daise using striking oil-and-metal-leaf portraits of both family members and friends. The works are adorned with sweetgrass-woven jewelry, traditional African-patterned clothing and bright halos, all teeming with the symbolic roots of her Gullah upbringing – collard greens and garden flowers. Much of Daise’s work explores the rich traditions of the African-American and Gullah-Geechee communities that nurture her creativity, as well as the process by which creative action shapes these communities.

“Greens represent so much to me. They are heritage and history and family gatherings. They are nourishment and strength and tales told around kitchen tables. My daddy was a gardener and there were collard greens in every yard of my childhood,” shares Natalie about the inspiration for her work.

[Image: Natalie Daise, Collard Green, 2018. Acrylic and Metal Leaf on Board, 36” x 60”. Image courtesy the artist.]