Bernard Williams Division Living Blogspot

Reposted by Alpha Bruton featuring Benard Williams

"This mural is titled "Birds and Flowers." Many graphic symbols of birds and flowers are delivered from multiple points of view, culturally. Several bird and flower symbols come from Native American sources, others from folk quilt patterns, ancient Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

The repeated and varying motifs suggest a human connectedness within the difference, which attempts to reference Wicker Park Bucktown as a hub of cultural diversity in Chicago and in the nation.

 My mural design follows a program of composition which I have practiced within my studio activities for over ten years. I have collected a group of signs and symbols which speak about the complexities of American history and culture. The strategy of arrangement is inspired by ancient picture-writing seen in multiple cultures, notably, Egyptian hieroglyphs, ancient Mexican glyphs, Chinese and Japanese Kanji or pictographs."

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