Dye on carved and tooled leather
Overall: 74.9 x 70.5 cm (29 1/2 x 27 3/4 in.)
Gift of Agnes Gund in memory of Ed Harding 2022.61
Following his early release from a 27-year sentence in the Georgia prison system, and eventual relocation to New Haven, Rembert documented his experiences in paintings consisting of dye on carved and tooled leather, perfecting a technique he had been taught by a fellow prison inmate.
The All of Me series is the most iconic works by the artist. The imagery exemplifies the remarkable story of his life in which he survived an attempted lynching during the Jim Crow era and served years in prison during which time he worked on a chain gang. Rembert says this about the subject of the chain gang in his work:
I've painted a lot of pictures of the chain gang. I believed that many people in the free world thought bad of the chain gang. They looked at the workers on the chain gang, working on the highways and in the ditches, and I believe they thought that all the guys were killers. With the paintings, I was trying to show that it wasn’t that way.
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