Run combines elements of fear and flight. The children in the center stand in for all African American children. Ku Klux Klan members run away as if on an ancient Greek vase. An inane early reading text, "run Dick run," is written neatly around lives full of challenging personal and political realities.The sacred vessel may protect, hold hope, or shape fear. It may offer a connection with the clay of the earth or contain sexual meaning.
Clarissa Sligh is an artist photographer whose work is based on personal and community stories made as photographs, artist’s books, installations and mixed media. She has received many awards including an NEA Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman, and the International Center for Photography’s Infinity Award. Clarissa’s focus and effort helped create the Coast to Coast Women Artists of Color network.