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2022 Frank Porter Graham Lecture | Carrying Stones: Women’s Work Visualized

Sawyer Rose, FRSA, MRSS, is a sculptor and installation and social practice artist. Rose uses her artwork to shine a spotlight on contemporary social and ecological issues. The Carrying Stones Project combines art and data visualization to jump-start public conversation about women’s work inequity.

Rose’s large-scale data sculptures, accompanied by photographic portraits of the women whose stories they tell, shine a light on the systemic and pervasive inequalities that working women face, including the physical, emotional, and practical effects of these disproportionate labor loads.

The artworks from The Carrying Stones Project profile woman-identifying people of different ages, races, sexual orientations, occupations, and socio-economic statuses — building a broad yet touchingly intimate picture of the labor that underpins the complex fabric of our society.

Three sculptures from The Carrying Stones Project will be on display at UNC Chapel Hill’s Davis Library Sept. 21–Nov. 14, 2022.

Sponsored by Honors Carolina • The annual Frank Porter Graham Lecture honors the late U.S. Senator and president of the University of North Carolina, who was a champion of freedom, democracy, and the disadvantaged. The Lecture series was established by a gift from Taylor McMillan ’60.

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