• Local artist Deana Tankersley transforms issues of The McDuffie Progress into sculptures
By Amanda Newsome

Everyone enters this world as a unique individual harnessing some kind of innate talent that is waiting to be brought to life.
Some sing, some calculate math problems without the use of pen or paper and others bring life through their hands to images seen in their minds.
Deana Tankersley was born with the gift that allows her to create works of art that many can only picture with eyes closed and imagination in overdrive.
Tankersley is a native of Augusta who has lived in Thomson for the past 10 years. She began creating and demonstrating her gift at the age of six. "It started when I was six with play-doh. I would create something and instead of being able to mash it up to create something else with it, my parents would take it and put it away."
Tankersley began sculpting at the age of 19 and has only recently challenged herself to create lifesize sculptures from a clay mixture combined with old newspapers like The McDuffie Progress. "I didn't know I could do lifesize sculptures until about seven years ago. My husband challenged me in that aspect.” Although many of Tankersley’s pieces are lifesize and to most seemingly impossible to construct, she has something bigger planned for herself. “On my bucket list I want to create a lifesize sculpture involving ladders and lifts. Something as tall as a light post," she said while pointing to an outside light post of about 14 feet high.

To read more on this story, pick up the Thursday, July 31, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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