History of a People

History of a People

Artist: Alisa Banks

Title: History of a People

Attribution: History of a People

Year: 2023

Materials: Mixed Media: aromatics, beads, cloth, cotton, hair, glass, graphite, indigo, paint, paper, shells, thread, wood

Dimensions: Closed: 20” H x14” W x 12” D

Image Statement: History of a People traces African American history and culture through scent. Each of the six bottles (or chapters) holds a custom blended scent that corresponds to the cultural landscape of selected historical periods: Roots, Journey, Arrival, Harrow, Protest, Visioning. The scents symbolize the complex layering involved in the creation of a new culture.