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Frederick Hayes

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

I make portraits of working class African-Americans as a form of documentation that calls into questions rudimentary notions of the id beyond it’s basic concepts and functions within society as a whole. To a large extent certain segments of society still lack the kind of access necessary to function fully because the denial of that access is often based on preconceived ideals that fail to see certain people as ideal. If you lack the standard, and lack the appeal the denial is real. By examining this very basic concept I want address a shared human experience and a unique cultural one by appearance and circumstance. I reference images from the internet, print media, tv and occasionally invent my own; in the process, creating a multidimensional family that reflects both sameness and difference.

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