Grambling State University’s Dunbar Gallery will host an exhibition by senior art major Brandi Cockerham entitled Struggle Makes Us Strong. The exhibition runs from November 15-December 17, 2010
Cockerham’s work explores some of her experiences as a foster child. Cockerham says, “As a child enters a new environment there are feelings of insecurity as he or she tries to fit in. When a child leaves a family he or she has to deal with the sense of loss, both of people and of security in the environment.” She recognizes that the challenges she faced as a foster child made her life difficult, but also believes that they made her stronger as a person.
She uses collage of fabric pieces along with paint in an attempt to symbolize the different environments that she lived in as a foster child. Human figures are included as silhouettes in these images to symbolize the struggle with identity. These silhouettes describe a child trying to deal with the changes from one environment to another.
The public is invited to attend a reception for the artist to be held on November 18th, from 4:30 – 6:00 PM in Dunbar Gallery. Gallery hours are 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Thursday and 8:00-12:00 Friday (closed for university holidays). The gallery is located on Hutchinson Street in Grambling. Accommodations are available for special needs persons. For more information please call 318-274-2274.
Director of Public Relations
Grambling State University
GSU Box 4268
100 Robinson Street
Grambling, LA 71245
(318) 274-2560 Office