SENKWEKWE
gorilla beringei beringei (mountain gorilla)
2009
Copper rod, archival inkjet print on paper, leather, artificial sinew.
26 x 13 x 17 inches
Senkwekwe was the name of the patriarch of the gorilla family, Rugendo. He was one of seven mountain gorillas killed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2007.

There are roughly 680 mountain gorillas left on earth. Approximately 200 of them live in the Virunga National Park. The park is also home to a three-way guerilla war, poachers, and illegal charcoal producers.


The valuable, old-growth trees of the Virunga are the source of hardwood charcoal. Areas are clear cut, and the wood is turned into charcoal in giant "charcoal kilns."

Twenty-five percent of Virunga's old-growth, hardwood forest has already been devastated. If the charcoal production isn't stopped, the forest that is the habitat for the gorillas will be gone.

The gorilla killings have been directly linked to the illegal charcoal industry. Honore Mashagiro, former provincial director of Virunga National Park, is awaiting trial for the killings.
A CENTURY OF HAIR, 1900-1990
Mixed media on wood stands
Variable dimensions
This is a ten piece series created over a period of two years (2005-07). Each piece signifies an iconic hairstyle for each decade of the 20th century. The material and content of each piece is relevant to women of the specific time period being represented. They are shown as a whole.
PIN-UP BIRD
2012
Copper rod, vintage mutoscope cards & blotters.
Biography

Anne Lemanski studied at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan, and the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. In 1992, she earned a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Lemanski is a former resident artist for both Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, and Ox-Bow Summer School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Now living in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, she is building a studio constructed from recycled shipping containers. Lemanski's work is in many private collections and the permanent collection of the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, North Carolina, and the U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies collection, Karachi, Pakistan. She is the recipient of the 2010-11 North Carolina Arts Council Grant, and was recently nominated for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant. Her politically charged statements cloak complex three-dimensional sculptural constructions.

Lemanski was the recipient of the 2010-11 North Carolina Arts Council grant. Her work is in many private collections, and the permanent collections of the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC; and the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies collection, Karachi, Pakistan.

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