Collage and Assemblage on Canvas, Series 2016
Paint chips, the free paint samples found in hardware, paint and home improvement stores. Typically used to guide the color selection process for those who have the luxury to plan for the expense of wall coloring. I interpret the paint chips as symbol of American culture, the mentality of the middle class and above. Within this narrative they represent choices, liberties, rights, and a level of treatment that are not afforded to everyone.
These works are meant to represent a microscopic view of the macrocosm issue of ramped racism and its impact and trauma on African American and people of Color.
It juxtaposes, via various social media text messages, posts and other symbology, the experiences of Black Americans— the negative words, brutality of the black body, biased news casting and everything that’s encompasses the cumbersome pro-white-good against the con-black-bad propaganda. All of the elements of these artworks—paint chips, images, drawings, and commentary— play on each other to create a compressed glimpse of our multi-dimensional realities, personal, and societal patterns of thought and behavior. In both works the overlay of paper silvers of self represents the daily struggle to remain divine, to master our own energy and keep moving forward.
I hope to challenge the viewer to own his or her personal patterns –of thought, daily practice, self-knowledge and treatment of others– and to possibly experience the healing properties of art.
Paint Chips I, and II , Mixed Media on Canvas, 2016