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Vitus Shell
Louisiana

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

My artistic goal is to exude the hip hop lifestyle with a southern vernacular. With strong ties existing among the history of rhythm and blues, reggae, and blues music, I depict the social conditions that are apparent in these musical forms and reproduce the images in my own work. In the past, I have often had a problem with art that is too conceptual; however, with the use of the figures, my work becomes accessible to audiences on all levels. Although some of the pieces require interpretation, there are still prominent, identifiable images, such as blue-collar people, which connect with audiences from various backgrounds.

With my new works, I strive to bridge the gap between the older and younger generations in the black community by exploring and and uncovering factors that contributed to the unfortunate relationship breakdown between the two. Moreover, these pieces examine parallels between present-day behaviors and attitudes that date back to Africa.

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