KALAYA STEEDE

Exhibiting Artist

What's Her Story?

Silver, copper, brass, vitreous enamel, 1919 New Orleans token, steel, photograph decal, riveted, textured by hand using unique tools created by artist.

Keyhole: 3.1 x 1.7 x 0.2 inches, Key: 2 x 0.7 x 0.1 inches

Photographed by artist

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Every woman has a story, especially the women of Storyville (red-light district of New Orleans from 1897-1917), who inspired this piece.  The eyes of the woman in the photo stare at the camera, revealing a sense of mystery and resilience.  She was dancing in a storefront window on Magazine Street and looking at me while I snapped her photo, making me curious about her story.  Her haunting eyes beckon me every time I look at her, which is why I chose to put her inside the keyhole, along with a key to unlock her story if anyone dares.  A 1919 New Orleans token adorns the key and gives the piece a sense of time.