The Columbus Arts Pop-Up Project (CAP-UP) is a series of installation window displays by area artists. The project is a partnership between the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District (SID).
Roots by Kimberly M. Webb
CORNER OF GAY AND HIGH STREETS, SPRINT AND SUGARDADDY'S
The Native Americans had a visual language rich with cultural metaphors. There was no word for art as everything of utility was elaborately decorated. As you look here in central downtown Columbus on High and Gay Street pay attention to the eagles resting above the windows carved into the architecture. The Haudensaunee (Iroquois) believe the eagle is our sacred protector and messenger sending dreams up into the spirit world. The wings of the eagle are taken as a symbol of the balance between females and males. The eagle’s wings are interdependent, one upon the other. They both must work in cooperation to achieve balance. Under these eagles you will see my female and male Native American representations.
In the triptych’s center notice another symbol, the Thunderbird (also know as the Thunderer and the Bineshii) made of native Ohio wood. The Bineshii was thought to bestow rain and blessings to the land and people. When it flaps it’s wings or blinks it’s eyes lightening and thunder ignite. All of the plants are native and were used by our ancestors.
While we celebrate the bicentennial, let us remember the history of our land and people. Our present day is still rooted by our ancestors in more ways than one. Ogwehowka translates “All things that pertain to the way of life of the original people.” Through this art, I invite you to embrace the Ogwehowka, our roots. Honor and respect the land that you are part of. Appreciate the food that you eat and the family that you have. There is a living spirit in all things and it is endemic to being human, we are all connected to it.
Originally, from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Kimberly Webb’s youngest years were spent in Pocomoke City near the Chesapeake Bay. Her family uprooted to Newark, Ohio when she was 11. At age 18, she moved to Columbus, Ohio where she earned her BFA from the Ohio State University in 2006 with a concentration in Photography and a minor in Art History. Kim’s work is interdisciplinary and experimental often rejecting the restrictions of one medium or method. She creates work that explores the tension between positive and negative space, private and public, natural and contrived, as well as the internal and external self. Her works aim to create practice and participation encouraging the viewer to explore new ways of interpreting time, space, and relationships.
Currently, Webb is a 2014 MFA candidate at the Columbus College of Art and Design. In addition to her personal artwork and studies, she also manages the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery at 131 N. High Street on the corner of Long and High Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. She lives in Clintonville with her daughter Alexis Sage Webb Glover and her partner Mark Gonzalez.