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  • Arinze Stanley Egbengwu
  • Wailing, Wailing, Wailing
  • 2017
  • Charcoal, graphite, and paper strips on paper
  • 42 x 56 inches
  • Tricia Guinn '75 Collection

Patricia “Tricia” Guinn graduated from Hendrix College in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in Math. She earned this degree in only three years and delivered papers at symposiums across the state. She earned a full fellowship to continue studying Math at Columbia University and moved to New York City after graduation. However, the city was expensive and unfamiliar, so she only stayed for a year before moving to New Orleans. There she accepted a position as an actuary for a small consulting firm and discovered a passion for the field.

Guinn then worked as the Managing Director of Risk and Financial Services for Willis Towers Watson, a multinational company specializing in risk management, insurance brokerage, and advisory. After 39 years, she retired from the position, but still serves as a member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Reinsurance Group of America and AssetMark Financial Holdings.

Guinn now maintains an extensive personal art collection, primarily composed of contemporary art. She loves the originality and immediate relevance of contemporary art, plus the unique ability to often meet the artists represented in her collection. Every year, Guinn and her husband, Jared Lilienstein, attend the Art Palm Beach Art Fair, an international exhibition, where they browse the work of upcoming artists and purchase a new piece for their collection.

Guinn and Lilienstein first encountered Wailing, Wailing, Wailing at the 2017 fair and immediately determined it was the best work in the exhibition. They were drawn to the piece’s mixture of social relevancy and impressive artistic technique. The couple purchased the work and soon formed a relationship with the artist, Arinze Stanley Egbengwu.

Egbengwu, a Nigerian artist who works primarily in Hyper-Realism, creates work tied to social and political activism, hoping his art speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. Wailing, Wailing, Wailing highlights modern day human trafficking and slavery, using imagery of a barcode to symbolize the commodification of the human body, mind, and soul. But the piece also delivers a message of hope. The barcode’s 12-digit UPC number spells “I WILL HEAL” in alpha-numerical translation, reminding the viewer of the presence of strength and resilience amidst subjugation.