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the godmother

Matt Werner

2013    Size   H: 26 in  W: 17 in  D: 9 in  

Available for Purchase - $5,500

This is a tribute to gospel singer Sister Rosettta Tharpe. Watching videos of her concerts, it struck me that she tended to look up and sing to God. Sculpted from spalted curly maple, mesquite, and amboyna burl on a myrtle base. Finished with analine dyes, copper leaf and acrylic polyurethane.

The back view

Sister Tharpe's musical style and vitality influenced the music of such diverse artists as Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and Jerry Lee Lewis. Accordingly, the BBC, in a 2011 documentary, dubbed her the "Godmother of Rock and Roll".

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