Artist Statement Submitted 2017Separate But Equal
There is a particular collective memory in the South, one haunted by God. A stubborn pride controls a narrative of cultural patrimony in a visible process where an enduring white memory and black resistance to it clash with renewed vengeance heightened by social media.
City Lots borrows from that vernacular to challenge notions of race and privilege. The Box Project uses chipboard boxes, the color of paper bags, to explore the narrative surrounding African American skin color. Both groups explore the political struggle for power and identity that favors whites over blacks.
Taunts to “speak for yourself”, “practice sorting faces”, and “#UB2” challenge the viewer to reconcile disparate truths. Pitting slave songs “call & response” against children’s games “finders keepers” illuminates power and privilege.
Bright colors and graphic shapes crash into the picture plane characterizing a sense of displacement, a reactionary free fall in a tumultuous time.