Eric Garner, Anton Black, Javier Ambier, Derrick Scott, Manuel Ellis, and George Floyd: “I can’t breath.”
RACISM? CAN I SPEAK TO THE MANAGER? description: My art practice investigates symbols of influence and power that impact perception. Despite numerous attempts to whitewash and sanitize history, America’s failed attempt to gaslight its original sin regurgitates systematic racism. A custom safety sign has been repurposed with the words RACISM? CAN I SPEAK TO THE MANAGER?. A popular “Karen” meme depicts how privilege becomes weaponized as an illogical ploy or whim to assert dominance. A tantrum ensues because equality is as an uncomfortable threat exposing self-hatred and fear.
SANDRA BLAND description: Lady Justice is a symbol of impartiality in our judicial system. Standing stoically with a scale in one hand and a sword in the other, she is blindfolded representing that power, status, or money has no influence. A standard braille sign becomes repurposed by altering its function. The art serves as a memorial to how privilege benefits some while persons of color continue to pay the ultimate price for sheer existence. Citizens must not blindly follow but question, organize, and demand the highest standards preserving truth and justice.
I VOTED descriptions: In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton received 2,868,691 more votes than Donald J. Trump. The loss margin was the largest in history with an Electoral College win. One vote in Wyoming equals 3.18 in California. Gerrymandering and voter suppression thrive in an antiquated system built on racism. Mimicking the makeup application process, “I Voted” stickers expose female objectification while confronting oppressive roles. The silent majority must unite for change.
VOID description: My art practice investigates symbols of influence and power that impact perception. A National Archives reproduction of the U.S. Constitution has been updated to reflect an altered democracy. The Preamble states: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” On February 4th, 2020, Donald J. Trump was acquitted in a “trial” without witnesses protected by a wall of sycophants. When an unchecked pandemic president is allowed to obstruct, ignore subpoenas, and solicit foreign election interference: words in the constitution bind together an empty contract. Like Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, the word VOID spans the chest of the constitution’s pages absolving truth into a system built on racism and sexism. Citizens (disposable commodities) become sacrificed to protect party and power.