"Their Unresolved Past", 2020 30x40 | Their Unresolved Past. 22x28 2020..jpg
Their Unresolved Past is about how black people continued to suffer after Emancipation. They wore their physical and emotional scars of terror and subjugation. Vintage tin type portraits at the lower right of her dress suggest a male biological relationship to the woman, with one green eye. With pen in hand she looks to rewrite her history. Adding texture to the white surface of the canvas, then distressing with X-acto knives and nails is symbolic of the physical and emotional distress inflicted on black people. In developing a visual narrative, my paintings give a voice to generations of people who have been a part of systematic racism. My paintings are influenced by my deep respect for the artworks by Betye Saar, Romare Bearden and Deborah Roberts.