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Alexis Stevenson

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Socio-politics and culture greatly impact the way people navigate their lives, and attempting to understand this is fundamental to my practice.

For my series 'Ignorance is Bliss', I begin to further understand the history of commodification in this country. I look to the institutionalization of systemic oppression and how slavery is ultimately the foundation of the American economy. In the performances, I utilize the cotton sculptural piece I've constructed and consume major food chain products to visually signify and acknowledge that America’s economy continues to benefit from it.

Specifically for this project, I performed and traveled to five historically significant slave ports: St. Augustine, Savannah, Charleston, Williamsburg, and Jamestown. In addition, I also traveled to Surry, Virginia where my paternal ancestors lived and worked as slaves.

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