Artist Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel

Apr 17, 2017

Leo Twiggs
Credit Courtesy of the Artist

Renowned South Carolina artist, Leo Twiggs, now 82, has long been fascinated by the contradictions of the South, and he has defined a unique iconography in his work by seizing on certain symbols, especially the Confederate battle flag, its stars and bars, the shape of an “X” and the image of a target, with its sequential rings and bull’s-eye.

For a new series — nine paintings of Emanuel AME Church, “a testimony to the lives that were lost” — the “X” figure is repeatedly used. But this time it is transformed from a symbol of hate into a symbol of love and redemption. Twiggs joins Dr. Edgar to talk about the series, “Requiem for Mother Emanuel.” 

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