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Sauda Mitchell (American, b. 1981); Voyage Nos. 1, 2020; linoleum on paper; courtesy of the artist. 

Re-Cor-Dare is a solo #art912 exhibition of Savannah-based artist Sauda Mitchell (American, b. 1981). Mitchell’s prints, paintings, and artist books serve as compelling visual responses to her sustained engagement with archival collection materials. In researching personal papers, photographs, artifacts, and curated digital collections, her work explores thematic topics of study relating to the Black experience. Utilizing QR codes, selected works link to digitized collection materials focusing on their ability as teaching tools recalling stories embedded within the African American collective memory.

The hyphenated title, Re-Cor-Dare, calls attention to the definition of the word “record” through its Latin roots―explicitly “Cor” (heart) and “Dare” (to give). Through five distinct but interconnecting series, Mitchell traces the legacies of slavery in the United States from the Middle Passage to present-day social injustices faced by Black Americans. Ultimately, her work exists as a catalyst for discussion, reflection, and a celebration of the human spirit.

Sauda Mitchell, 2020; photograph courtesy of Labeeb Abdullah.

About the Artist:

Sauda Mitchell is an American printmaker, archivist, and educator from Winston Salem, NC. She holds an Associate of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Art with a minor in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design, a Master’s in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archival Studies from Drexel University, and is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists. She currently serves as the SCAD Jen Library Archives and Special Collections Librarian at the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2017, Mitchell was an artist in residence at SCAD. She has exhibited locally at The Beach Institute and SCAD MOA. Select works are currently held in the permanent collection of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Re-Cor-Dare: Sauda Mitchell is part of Telfair Museums’ #art912 initiative, a dedicated platform to showcase the work of Savannah artists. This exhibition is organized by Telfair Museums and curated by Erin Dunn, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Exhibition Sources

Links Shared in this Exhibition

Finding Aid, 2021
Wood, cotton fabric, metal

Days of the Week, 2020
Linoleum on paper

Never Forget, 2020
       Never Forget No. 1
Linoleum on paper, wood, cotton fibers, paint

 Never Forget No. 2
       Linoleum on paper, wood, cotton fibers, paint

Voyage, 2020

Voyage Windsails No. 1-5, 2020–21

Acrylic, Cotton Fabric

Voyage, 2021
Artist Book: Paper, handmade textured paper, leather, engraved metal faces-from-the-collection/

Finding Grandma Judie, 2021
Judie Hairston, 2021
Virginia flue-cured whole leaf tobacco, hand carved wood cane, paper, linoleum print, acrylic
Courtesy of Sauda Mitchell, Alphonzo Mitchell

Susie Hairston, 2021
Virginia flue-cured whole leaf tobacco, hand-carved wood cane, paper, linoleum print, acrylic
Courtesy of Sauda Mitchell, Alphonzo Mitchell

About #art912:

#Art912 is an initiative dedicated to raising the visibility and promoting the vitality of artists living and working in Savannah through exhibition opportunities, public programs, and outreach.

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