Under Blue (2018 – )
Within recent years, intent has never been more scrutinized. White rage and its propaganda have slowly evolved into a nuanced being. Its legacy and influence encompass charged spaces and place shrouds over racial beings — possessing minds that lack the conviction or knowledge to question, agitate, and resist the oppression of Black people. Since 1619, White rage continues to chain, lie to, poison, steal from, kill, and commodify dark people in America.
Privilege is a weapon.
I aim to create illustrative mixed media paintings of people caught within, and absent from, real, site-specific places in distress. I also place individuals in and out of hard-edged black and white zones with occasional vignettes, all used as a metaphor for segregation, defiance, and loss. My work embodies a unique strength expounded by the oppressed. A power manifested in resilient peoples, determined to resist erasure and break free of master narratives. I, of a dark hue, intend to transcend powerlessness by framing explicit depictions of the humanity deprived of bodies and faces, demanding liberation from the elite in Baltimore City and beyond.
I have no choice but to find purpose in the struggle to exist. Born in a young nation of colonized lands, I, as a Black man, am disposable to many. My creations are analytic tools to measure and amplify America's crippling and exploitative nature at the intersection of race, gender, and class. Inspired by Dr. Bettina L. Love, I identify as an abolitionist teacher, committed to guiding and fighting with co-conspirators of intersectionality, and Black freedom. I hope that, under the same blue sky, sometimes grey, all suppressed identities will one day thrive. In my work, strengthened by my role as a Black educator, I capture moments of atmospheric and direct tension, introspection, and rebellion to rattle America's exclusionary ideals and legacies – choices enacted by the impact of deferring Black joy for centuries.