Artist Verneda Lights used a chair of her own that, to her, represented her own personal multi-faceted journey in life. A conversation with Ms. Freedman-Gurspan resulted in the creation of eight panels that were used in the upholstery of the chair. The base incorporates a transgender flag of pink, blue, and white. The front panel honors Ms. Freedman-Gurspan’s fondness of eagle feathers as symbols. Another symbol incorporated in the design is the Star of David, honoring Ms. Freedman-Gurspan’s Jewish heritage.
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Artist: Verneda Lights. Permission from the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
This work was part of "A Seat at the Table," which opened on June 12, 2019 at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.
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