Edmonia Lewis was an American sculptor who is also known as “Wildfire”.
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How strange the Great Spirit has led me on without father or mother. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I guess I was just like Topsy, I just growed up. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I shall never live in America. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
My features I take from my father, but my spirit, my industry and perseverance I get from my Indian mother. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
My first thought was for my poor father’s people, how I could do them good in a very small way. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I have a strong sympathy for all women who have struggled and suffered. For this reason the Virgin Mary is very dear to me. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I was delighted to learn – very eager. I had never learned anything. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
Until I was twelve years old, I led this wandering life, fishing, swimming, and making moccasins. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
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It would have done your heart good to see what a friendly welcome I received … How much I have thought about that encouraging reception. It is a great example for the US Government to follow in her treatment of a poor people struggling to rise out of degradation. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
The Good Spirit always sends me friends. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I know praise is not good for me. Some praise me because I am a colored girl, and I don’t want that kind of praise. I had rather you would point out my defects, for that will teach me something. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
On surviving cholera: I kept up my pluck with a bible and brandy bottle beside my bed, so that if one gave out she might take to the other. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
One day, I saw a statue of Benjamin Franklin, and I said to myself, ‘I can do that kind of work, too.’ ~ Edmonia Lewis.
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No, I have not a drop of what they call white blood in my veins. My father was a full blooded Negro, and my mother was a full blooded Chippewa. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
Today is pay-day and pay-day is always an unpleasant time … we must sell our work if we want to live. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
Americans are a queer people. Don’t you think a lady – a rich lady, too – came to me and said ‘Miss Lewis, that is a very beautiful statue, but don’t you think it would have been more proper to drape it? Clothing is necessary to Christian art.’ ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I thought I knew everything when I came to Rome, but I soon found that I had everything to learn. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I am going back to Italy to do something for the race – something that will excite the admiration of the other races of the earth. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
Sometimes the times were dark and the outlook was lonesome, but where there is a will, there is a way. I pitched in and dug at my work until now I am where I am. It was hard work though, but with color and sex against me, I have achieved success. That is what I tell my people whenever I meet them, that they must not be discouraged, but work ahead until the world is bound to respect them for what they have accomplished. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
When questioned how she became an artist, she replied: well, it was a strange selection for a poor girl to make, wasn’t it? I suppose it was in me … I became almost crazy to make something like the thing which fascinated me. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
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I responded, ‘Madame, that is not modesty in you. That is worse than mock modesty. You see and think only of evil not intended. Your mind, Madame, is not as pure, I fear, as my statue.’ ~ Edmonia Lewis.
There is nothing so beautiful as the free forest. To catch a fish when you are hungry, cut the boughs of a tree, make fire to roast it, and eat it in the open air, is the greatest of all luxuries. I would not stay a week pent up in cities, if it were not for my passion for Art. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I was practically driven to Rome in order to obtain the opportunities for art culture, and to find a social atmosphere where I was not constantly reminded of my color. The land of liberty had not room for a colored sculptor. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I was … declared to be wild – they could do nothing with me. Often they said to me, ‘Here is your book, the book of Nature; come and study it.’ ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I never hear of [racist snipes in Rome]. Why, I am invited everywhere, and am treated just as nicely as if the bluest of blue blood flowed through my veins. I number among my patrons the Marquis of Bute, Lady Ashburton and other members of the nobility. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I thought of returning to wild life again; but my love of sculpture forbade it. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
My mother was a wild Indian, and was born in Albany, of copper colour, and with straight, black hair. There she made and sold moccasins. My father, who was a negro, and a gentleman’s servant, saw her and married her. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
I felt the strangest sensations in putting on dresses. I had never worn anything but blankets. (Laughing) You see I had good opportunities for studying the nude. ~ Edmonia Lewis.
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