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Hush the Fields
CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- A nationally renowned artist brings his work to Cincinnati for a special showing at the museum center.
Robert Claiborne Morris opened his Hush the Fields exhibit on Thursday.
Morris says he wanted to tell an important story with his work.
He says, "After learning about this troubling period in our history that had been unreported and untold for over a hundred years, I was determined to go across my native south and find the objects and artifacts that best represented this era."
Morriss thirty four piece exhibit depicts the pain and suffering of the post-Civil War era in the United States, when slavery was abolished, but still happening.
Hazel Pegues of Cincinnati attended Thursdays opening.
"It is heart wrenching, Says Hazel. It's not the first time Ive seen these. Anytime you go to any museum that represents or has artifacts from slavery, you see these same kinds of artifacts."
Morris put in years of legwork crafting each piece. He scoured his native Savannah, looking for artifacts, searching, "Old battlefields, to rummage stores, to attics and wood shops, and old barns, I found pieces of the puzzle that in my imagination, allowed me to put it together."
The passion comes through in Morriss work. It's raw, it's original, and most importantly. It's thought provoking, which is just what Morris wants.
He says, Art has the ability to transform us, to educate us, and make us reach beyond ourselves to reach something greater than what we are."