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The Armory

Wanda Walden

"Tribute to Our Grandcestors"

AN ARTIST'S DUTY, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, 
IS TO REFLECT THE TIMES.

— Nina Simone

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

DO NOT GET LOST IN A SEA OF DESPAIR. 
BE HOPEFUL, BE OPTIMISTIC. 
OUR STRUGGLE IS NOT THE STRUGGLE OF 
A DAY, A WEEK, A MONTH, OR A YEAR, 
IT IS THE STRUGGLE OF A LIFETIME. 
NEVER, EVER BE AFRAID TO MAKE SOME NOISE AND GET IN GOOD TROUBLE, NECESSARY TROUBLE.

— John Lewis

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

IF THEY DON'T GIVE YOU A SEAT AT THE TABLE, BRING A FOLDING CHAIR.

— Shirley Chisholm, Unbought and Unbossed

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

SOMETIMES PEOPLE TRY TO DESTROY YOU, 
PRECISELY BECAUSE THEY RECOGNIZE YOUR POWER
 — NOT BECAUSE THEY DON’T SEE IT, 
BUT BECAUSE THEY SEE IT AND THEY DON’T WANT IT TO EXIST.

— Bell Hooks

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

NEVER TO FORGET WHERE WE CAME FROM AND ALWAYS PRAISE THE BRIDGES THAT CARRIED US OVER.

— Fannie Lou Hamer

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

A PEOPLE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN AND CULTURE IS LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS.

UP, YOU MIGHTY RACE, ACCOMPLISH WHAT YOU WILL.

— Marcus Garvey

CHANGE WILL NOT COME IF WE WAIT FOR SOME OTHER PERSON OR SOME OTHER TIME. WE ARE THE ONES WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. WE ARE THE CHANGE THAT WE SEEK.

— Barack Obama

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

UNTIL THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN IS A TARGET, 
YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND.

— Angela Davis

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

UNTIL THE KILLING OF BLACK MEN, BLACK MOTHERS’ SONS, BECOMES AS IMPORTANT 
TO THE REST OF THE COUNTRY AS THE KILLING OF A WHITE MOTHER’S SONS, 
WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CANNOT REST.

— Ella Baker, 1964

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

YOU WANNA FLY, 
YOU GOT TO GIVE UP THE SHIT THAT WEIGHS YOU DOWN.

— Toni Morrison

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

OUR GRANDFATHERS HAD TO RUN, RUN, RUN. 
MY GENERATION'S OUT OF BREATH. 
WE AIN'T RUNNING NO MORE.

—Stokely Carmichael

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

IF YOU HEAR THE DOGS, 
KEEP GOING. 
IF YOU SEE THE TORCHES IN THE WOODS, 
KEEP GOING. 
IF THERE’S SHOUTING AFTER YOU, 
KEEP GOING. 
DON’T EVER STOP. KEEP GOING. 
IF YOU WANT A TASTE OF FREEDOM, 
KEEP GOING.

— Harriet Tubman

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

I RISE
I RISE
I RISE.

— Maya Angelou

Mixed media collage by Wanda Walden

Wanda Walden
Wanda Walden

Wanda is an award-winning costume designer, visual artist, and writer. Wanda has costumed plays for more than 30 years and has an extensive amount of credits, including the recent production of Pipeline and Crowns at Portland Playhouse, and School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play for Portland Center Stage/Artists Repertory Theatre. Wanda's first production for Artists Rep dates back to 1989. Her Artists Rep credits include It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Skeleton Crew, An Octoroon, and We Are Proud To Present. Wanda is the resident costume designer for PassinArt, established in 1983, where her credits include No Play, Black Nativity, Two Trains Running, Gospel of Loving Kindness, The Pews, Pill Hill, Flyin’ West, and Smoldering Fires. Additional credits include The Journal of Ben Uchida, In this Corner Cassius Clay (Oregon Children's Theatre); Brothers Paranormal (Media Rites/Coho Productions); Soul'd, Left Hook, Cottonwood In The Flood (The Vanport Mosaic). Wanda is the artistic director of Retrospect Productions, a theatrical modeling company. She is the artist of the Susan G. Komen “Worship in Pink” breast cancer awareness campaign for Oregon and SW Washington. Wanda is a mixed media collage artist, working with fabric, paper, embellishments, and findings, and she also works with watercolor and acrylic.


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