Black cameos honor the past

Dianne Quarles' cameos celebrate Black women on

“I saw many elegant, beautiful cameos but only one with the face of a black woman so I started making my own,” says Atlanta-based Dianne Quarles.

The name, Maruva comes from the initials of four generations of creative Black women in Dianne’s family. Her Maruvian Women series honors her great grandmother, a runaway slave who became a successful, independent “modes”.

Each face is customized to give it an original personality. “Black Panther,” was the inspiration for her warrior women. The symbols are from the Ashante tribe of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

The works are featured in the Roswell Roots Arts Festival, in Roswell, GA for the month of February.

  • reply Beverly ,

    ?? Your inspiration is profound and clearly visible! I love your Maruvian woman polymer clay pendant necklace!

    • reply Aims ,

      Oh my! I love this! I’d wear this in a heartbeat!

      • reply Stephanie Quarles ,

        Absolutely stunning

        • reply Virginia Hall ,

          Dianne this is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for this virtual art show during the pandemic. Love it!

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