Sonja Henderson, Chicago, IL, We…The People Linocut

AMER’ICAN (n). A native of America; originally applied to the aboriginals, or copper-colored races, found here by the Europeans; but now applied to the descendants of Europeans born in America. ~ Noah Webster Dictionary, 1806
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Sonja Henderson is an American artist who received her B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting and Drawing and her M.F.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, in Sculpture and Installation. At Berkeley, Sonja created life-size earthworks and temporal structures made of natural materials calling attention to aboriginal architecture, feminine forms, sacred space and cultural identity.

In Chicago, Sonja uses restorative and social justice practices to impact under-served communities and give voice to the People. Sonja considers human rights, equity, inter-generational healing and restoration when creating projects like the Mother Healing Circle or with larger public installations and community engaged spaces like The MLK Living Memorial. Sonja Henderson’s artwork embraces indigenous culture, lineage and communities while building enriched communal spaces. Sonja believes art and activism to be a powerful conduit to collective healing and the reclaiming of one’s personal history.

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The Dream Deferred


Sonja Henderson