Artist Statement Submitted 2015
I draw from my own personal experiences as an African-American and native in the Deep South for the themes of my art. I try to examine what it means to be African-American and how this shapes the imagery of self. I use self-portraiture as a means to explore and question relationships that construct identity and subjecthood. As a black man in a largely white culture, I have been victimized by racism, but as an artist I have an opportunity to critique and revise the imagery that were major venues for the racial stereotyping of African-Americans such as journalistic cartoons, advertisements, popular culture, and even high art. My works are mixed-media, and they examine historical memory as it persists in the present moment and attempt to make manifest the racist myths and distortions that have shaped so-called objective reality.
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