Fissure was my first large solo show in 2017 that kicked off a lot of growth and was quintessentially the turning point of my work. This work was my attempt at uplifting the black woman. “The most disrespected woman in America, is the Black Woman. The most un-protected person in America is the Black Woman. The most neglected person in America, is the Black Woman.”-Malcolm X. I truly felt this statement and created work because of it. The background being spray painted over acrylic, then taking oil paint and with a pallet knife creating these images meticulously crafting the hair and faces of these women celebrating them for their individuality and life. For more information around this work read below.
I had been giving a research grant from the school and with that money was allowed to do anything with it as long as there was something to present after summer. Initially I planned to do a series of work all about the album “To Pimp a Butterfly”-by Kendrick Lamar, but long story short the show had to change date because of school issues. The work was supposed to be shown before the election in an attempt to get out a message before, but that obviously changed. I had completed the Blue piece initially and after some deliberation from the schools faculty I centered the new show around that and created this work from it and everything’s changed since.