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“Spirtiual DNA”, medium: ceramic bowl, canvas,
acrylic paint, paper, twine and metal

Maria-Lana Queen's - Artist Statement
The small blue cross at the tip of the work represents my belief that in the midst of adversity, the spirit that flows within us from our creator can be called upon to bring transformation and healing. I use DNA-like images to represent this spiritual inheritance from the Devine that can overcome anything that we encounter in this crucible called life. The work has two parts: the bowl represents the psyche which is not visible; and, the covering represents the self we project to the world. Together they form what I think is the ultimate vessel for transformation and healing. The covering exposes clues to the inner and external life story. Marks such as cages, ladders, and tracks are clues to my story. The existence of the bowl is merely suggested by the curves under the covering in the same way that our psyche - shaped by our fears, anxieties and experiences - is hidden from the world. It is within the cauldron of the psyche where the work of transformation and healing must begin. The wire figure - representing everyone - emerges from that cauldron to stand triumphantly over the boulders of adversity with the spirit and will to live. 

See the video link: http://vimeo.com/90717398

Maria-Lana Queen a participating artist in the
Alchemical Vessels  - April 4 - May 16, 2014-
Opening Reception - Friday, April 4, 7- 9pm - Special Benefit
Event - Friday, May 2 (benefit link –www.smithcenter.org/benefit) - Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery - 1632 U Street, NW | Washington, DC | 20009

Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is proud to announce the return of Alchemical Vessels Smith Center's 2nd Annual Benefit and Exhibition. 

Alchemical Vessels brings together over 100 local artists and 20 invited curators for a community dialogue on healing and transformation through the arts. Each artist will transform a simple ceramic bowl by means of his or her own personal aesthetic and medium, drawing inspiration from the bowl as a place of holding, open community, a circle of care, sacred space, nourishment, and even the alchemical vessel. The ceramic bowl was selected as the fundamental element of the exhibition to symbolize creating a space where healing can take place—an idea at the heart of Smith Center's work and mission. Metaphorically speaking, Smith Center—the space and the work we do within our walls—resembles an alchemical vessel. People bring their everyday burdens, fears, and pains to us, and in this place of holding, we help transform those toxic elements into hope, light, wisdom and strength. 

The Alchemical Vessels Exhibition will be open at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery from April 4th through May 16th, 2014. 


“Still Standing”, Acrylic and oil stick on canvas, 30 x 30

Maria-Lana Queen was proud to have the painting, Still Standing included as part of the exhibition and exhibition catalogue, Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American ArtThis exhibition was featured at the Georgia Museum of Art from January 30-March 27, 2011. 
For more information, visit  www.georgiamuseum.org

The work Still Standing was part of  Maria-Lana’s  2007  solo exhibition, Painted Diary II, shown at the Parish Gallery – Georgetown, Washington, DC www.parishgallery.com.  In Still Standing the oblique arrangement and bright orange shout out Maria-Lana’s mantra – “my faith is the source of my strength to persevere”. 

The Larry and Brenda Thompson’s extensive and diverse collection of both celebrated artist and work by artist who have been considered emerging was also featured in 2010 at the
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Jacksonville, FL; www.mocajacksonville.org; and, in 2009 at the University of Maryland, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, www.driskellcenter.umd.edu