%C2%A9 Archie Byron %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

Life Form, 1988


Archie Byron observed and experienced complex intersections from a young age. Born and raised in Atlanta’s Buttermilk Bottom neighborhood, Byron was bullied for his mixed European, African American, and Native American ancestry. Byron’s frustration with the sociopolitical position of the Black community, held in tension between policies of racial segregation and the emerging civil rights movement, informed his practice. He often created imagery exploring roots and shared human experiences.

Byron used the sawdust from his root carving projects to create low-relief sculptures, blurring the mediums of painting and ceramic sculpture. Here, he presents entangled humanlike mounded forms, perhaps to comment on shared human experiences. Their genitalia, eyes, and limbs meld together, creating a continuous watchful being. Facial features and joints serve as links to suggest the connection of one living being to another.

“Being old fashioned, I didn’t throw anything away.” - Archie Byron

Life Form
Artist Life
1928 - 2005
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Curator Approved

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