The FAIR GAME Project is a collection of artworks that contribute to the ongoing conversation concerning the plight of the African American male. From crime, disease, educational, economic, and wealth disparities, to the prison system, unjustified arrests and murders to self-inflicted genocide the list is unfortunately long. The FAIR GAME Project is inspired by the artist’s belief that African American males are being hunted like wild game. This imagery depicts silhouette hybrids of deer-men running, leaping, and falling trying to get away from their predators and abstractions with mixed media collage.
The work focuses on the historical love and hate dichotomies between America and the African American Male and African American Males with themselves. In an age in which Americans romanticize about a ‘post racial society,’ there seems to be an obsession with African American culture yet sometimes dismissive and repulsive behaviors toward people of color. A racial equation was consciously added to the composition of this work because race is an important factor in one’s definition of community and much of the work is based on personal identity.
Currently, the process is one of exploration, studying ‘African American identity, from an individual and communal perspective. There are intriguing non-definitive elements about abstraction; it never is a black-and-white situation and allows one to convey a message using language (design, shape, color, and structure) to communicate different types of narratives. Painting can be appealing because of its cultural fluency. The desire is to communicate personal observations successfully by using the work as a didactic tool.
The end game is to build a body of work that looks at a selection of collective experiences concerning the African American identity and its existence within and beyond pop-culture.
THE SOUTHERN WAY series represents the timeless traditions, love, hospitality, tranquility, and laid-back life of southern people, specifically southern women. I use vibrant warm and cool colors to put you in the same joyful mood the expressive figures portray. These paintings reflect themes of spirituality, love, family, music, dance, and all things in between.
The artist reflects on the past vicissitudes of southern life, where children were to be seen and not heard; and women were to be quiet, quaint, mannerable, and never outspoken. Men ruled their castles and everyone under the sound of their voice was to be compliant. Southerners knew and always spoke to their neighbors and everyone was expected to be seated in church pews come Sunday morning, regardless of your Saturday night sins.
THE SOUTHERN WAY exhibition continues the conversation of these traditions, speaks to the myths, and sings praises to the colored woman of the south.