Memoir in the form of a graphic novel, narrative drawn on paper with graphite, exposition rendered in watercolor and watercolor collage. Part 1 begins when I went downtown during the riots in April 1968, then left the US to spend the summer studying in England, learning much more than my seminar in the 20th Century English Novel at the University of London intended to teach me. I returned home to use the benefit of this new education.
Part 2 begins in April 2015, with the arrest and hospitalization of Freddie Gray, who died of injuries sustained in police custody. When the mostly nonviolent Baltimore Uprising became violent, I focused on what I had learned about Freddie Gray, his life, and found it to be a catalog of what has to change in Baltimore. I embarked on a journey into Baltimore, led by this catalog, and learned that Freddie Gray had begun a legacy that continues in this Balkanized, silo-ed, segregated city.