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In Frame of Reference, April M. Frazier presents archives of her household’s deep-rooted Texan lineage that stretches from the late 1800s by to the current day. The challenge consists of pictures created on ancestral lands and scanned photos of outdated household pictures. Collected from numerous relations and associates, the archives are compiled into diptychs or collages and infrequently surrounded by supplies that symbolize Frazier’s household’s land in rural Texas.

<em>Grandmothers' Splendor</em>, collage, Wharton, Texas, 2021.

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April M. Frazier

<em>Grandmothers’ Splendor</em>, collage, Wharton, Texas, 2021.

Frazier labored within the oil and gasoline trade for 15 years, however her fascination with images referred to as to her. Growing up, “my parents always took photographs,” Frazier says. “They had pictures of us from birth to the present day and they had photographs of themselves as young children, so they shared those with us.”

<em>Small Town Life</em>, collage, Wharton, Texas, 2021.

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<em>Small Town Life</em>, collage, Wharton, Texas, 2021.

<em>My Frame</em>, Muldoon, Texas, 2018.

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<em>My Frame</em>, Muldoon, Texas, 2018.

Her grandmother was an avid photographer of their household, as nicely, and he or she was the first catalyst for Frazier’s exploration of her household’s historical past. “I have pictures from my grandmother’s collection of my mother and her two brothers and sister at Juneteenth celebrations in the 1950s,” says Frazier, who provides that the model of her challenge is even impressed by her grandmother’s assortment, which options household photographs sewn collectively into collages.

<em>Grandmother's Web, </em>sewn collage, 2021.

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<em>Grandmother’s Web, </em>sewn collage, 2021.

<em>Frame of Reference</em>, Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives installation, La Grange, Texas, 2022.

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<em>Frame of Reference</em>, Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives set up, La Grange, Texas, 2022.

Frazier started by sharing outdated pictures of her dad and mom on Instagram, alongside scans of vegetation like okra and Muscadine grapes, which caught the eye of John Guess, the CEO of the Houston Museum of African American Culture. She was requested to proceed the work she was doing in no matter capability she wished and was provided an area to current the work in, and that was how the first exhibition for Frame of Reference got here to be.

<em>Portraits of Purpose</em> (1 of 9), 2021. (Left) <em>"Look Like Johnnie Hardeson"</em>, 1920s, Wharton, Texas. (Right) <em>"Look Like Johnnie Hardeman"</em>, 1910s, Wharton, Texas.

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<em>Portraits of Purpose</em> (1 of 9), 2021. (Left) <em>”Look Like Johnnie Hardeson”</em>, Nineteen Twenties, Wharton, Texas. (Right) <em>”Look Like Johnnie Hardeman”</em>, 1910s, Wharton, Texas.

For Frazier, the method of amassing these archives has resulted in new and deepened connections, newfound which means in household heirlooms, stunning discoveries, and aided in her path to rising her confidence in her skills as an artist and a researcher. “People have come in [to the exhibit] and said, ‘Oh, I think I’m related to you’,” says Frazier, “and my dad met a new brother from this — they finally connected at the museum where the work was first displayed.”

<em>Cedar Creek Cemetery, </em>Muldoon, Texas, 2021. Frazier is currently working with the Texas Historical Commission to put a historical marker here.

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<em>Cedar Creek Cemetery, </em>Muldoon, Texas, 2021. Frazier is at the moment working with the Texas Historical Commission to place a historic marker right here.

At household reunions — held on her household’s land for the previous 50 years — Frazier says she all the time listened intently to the tales her elders would share concerning the previous. “​​There is a cemetery on the land that’s 100 years old and there’s a family friend that lives across the road,” Frazier says. “I go over there and he’s flipping through books that are full of portraits of Black people from the late 1800s. He goes, ‘Oh, that’s Mr. Johnson right there, and that’s Emanuel Roberts right there.’ I said, ‘Wait a minute, Emanuel Roberts, that’s my second great-grandfather.’ No one in our family had a photograph of him.”

<em>Emanuel Roberts, 2nd Great Grandfather, Deeded, </em>Wharton, Texas, 2021. In 1893, Roberts bought 200 acres of land with two-feet-tall pecan trees. Those trees now are at least 80-90 feet tall. Frazier's father helped create the frame using the pecan wood from that land.

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<em>Emanuel Roberts, 2nd Great Grandfather, Deeded, </em>Wharton, Texas, 2021. In 1893, Roberts purchased 200 acres of land with two-feet-tall pecan bushes. Those bushes now are at the very least 80-90 ft tall. Frazier’s father helped create the body utilizing the pecan wooden from that land.

As a Black girl, Frazier feels particularly fortunate to have the ability to make and show all of her findings. “It’s extremely significant for me, and I put in quotations, to ‘see’ where I came from,” says Frazier, “because I’m blessed to have come upon the portraits of family members. That plays a huge part in my confidence and in my walk today — not only as a Black person, but specifically as a Black woman.”

<em>Mollie Lee Hughes, Great Grandmother, Sour Lemon</em>, Muldoon, Texas, 2021.

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<em>Mollie Lee Hughes, Great Grandmother, Sour Lemon</em>, Muldoon, Texas, 2021.

“Now that I’m doing the research, I’m seeing that these family members were doing these things, too. This isn’t just my story,” says Frazier. “I think, if people had easy access to dig and find their family story, they would find these discoveries, the same as I did.”

<em>Portraits of Purpose</em> (2 of 9), 2021. (Left) <em>Alice Cash and Daughters</em>, 1900s, Wharton, Texas. (Right) <em>V.L. Franklin and his mother Addie</em>, 1920s, La Grange, Texas.

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<em>Portraits of Purpose</em> (2 of 9), 2021. (Left) <em>Alice Cash and Daughters</em>, 1900s, Wharton, Texas. (Right) <em>V.L. Franklin and his mom Addie</em>, Nineteen Twenties, La Grange, Texas.

<em>Portraits of Purpose</em> (3 of 9), 2021. (Left) <em>Emanuel and Delcena Roberts</em>, married June 2, 1915, Wharton, Texas. (Right) <em>Houston and Alberta Brownlow</em>, married February 15, 1947, Wharton, Texas.

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<em>Portraits of Purpose</em> (3 of 9), 2021. (Left) <em>Emanuel and Delcena Roberts</em>, married June 2, 1915, Wharton, Texas. (Right) <em>Houston and Alberta Brownlow</em>, married February 15, 1947, Wharton, Texas.

And Frazier is utilizing every little thing she discovered assembling her challenge to assist others do the identical for his or her households. “I’m working with students in Houston-area schools,” she says. “It’s called the Frame of Reference art residency, where I’m deploying into a school and, for X amount of weeks, I’m working with students to help them figure out — what is your frame of reference and what are your influences?”

<em>Passage, </em>Muldoon, Texas, 2018.

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<em>Passage, </em>Muldoon, Texas, 2018.

“To be able to help influence the trajectory of a young person is why I think this is so important and what really builds my photography work,” Frazier says. “By showing the many facets of collecting and building history, you uncover the importance of knowing that making your own history should not depend on someone else to write your story.”

Frazier’s Frame of Reference exhibit opened on the Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives in La Grange, Texas, on May 21 and will probably be on show by August.

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<em>My Frame</em>, Cedar Creek Cemetery, Muldoon, Texas, 2021.

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April M. Frazier

<em>My Frame</em>, Cedar Creek Cemetery, Muldoon, Texas, 2021.

<em>Beaten Path</em>, Muldoon, Texas, 2018.

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April M. Frazier

<em>Beaten Path</em>, Muldoon, Texas, 2018.




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