Meet the Artists – “Peace Corps Creates…”

March 9, 2019 / Comments (0)

Art Show

We are pleased to partner with the 14th Street Y to present this year’s art show “Peace Corps Creates…Art By Returned Volunteers.” The show will be on display in the Y’s lobby gallery from March 7th to April 11th.

Each artist spent at least two years overseas in service to their country as Peace Corps Volunteers. Whether they worked in education, community development or public health – Peace Corps service is a life-changer and a deeply formative experience. We invite you to meet one of our artists from this year’s show below.

Benedicte Naudin

Senegal, Rwanda 2003-04, 2018

Benedicte Naudin has done artwork all her life in fits and spurts. During her pre-service training in Thies, a fellow volunteer invited her to join her at a local artists’ studio to learn sous-verre (under-glass) painting. During the several sessions at a wonderful outdoor space run by local artists, she produced two works that reflect aspects of life in Senegal.

She explained her two pieces in the show: Tea is a fundamental part of Senegalese life much like in Japan or China. Tea is cooked in small metal teapots on charcoal and served in small glass cups. Tea-time is a special time to sharing, talk, and ponder life. Although in the towns you see people wearing closed shoes, the flip flop is truly de rigeur and an integral part of one’s attire. During my entire service in southern Senegal, I wore flip-flops.

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