Describes the author's childhood in rural America in the 1910s.
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Nickens, an 88-year-old self-taught painter, engagingly reminisces about her childhood in various African American communities in the South. A series of soft paintings in a flat, naive style capture moments both timeless and historical (e.g., "Picking Wildflowers," "Hide and Go Seek" and "Saturday Night Bath"). Poverty is in evidence (children run barefoot, home is a dilapidated shack) but the joy of childhood transcends. In informal, conversational language, Nickens describes each painting, the activities and people portrayed, and expands as memories surge upon her. For a moment she steps into the past-into the one-room schoolhouse or the flowering woods-then, with a question or a comparison, moves back to the present. This wonderful oral history recreates a world of swings and doodlebugs, Sunday best clothes and kites; adult figures are peripheral. In the same way, racial injustice is touched upon by implication ("I wanted to be a schoolteacher.... That was about the only professional job black people did at the time, teaching school"). An unusually appealing historical document, and an unself-conscious introduction to art. Ages 7-up.
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Book Description Rizzoli, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0847817946
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