Haitian Man

Ilona Brustad (b. 1944)
circa 2011
pastel on paper
Image : 24 x 19 in. (60.96 x 48.26 cm)
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Gift of James and Barbara Boelkins
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Ilona Brustad was born in Germany during World War II but moved to the United States as a child after her mother married an American soldier. She studied English at Wayne State University, and worked as a teacher in various cities around Michigan before eventually settling in Ann Arbor. Brustad began a secondary career as a visual artist when she was in her 30s. She works in a variety of media, but is best known for her mosaics featuring images of women and minorities. This drawing is a typical example of her work. It was inspired by a man she saw during one of several trips she took to Haiti on volunteer charity missions.

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