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23 Famous Stories Retold

23 Famous Stories Retold. Sound, broadsides, text on glass and an artist's book dissect popular children's tales (e.g. fairy tales, fables, hand clap games, nursery rhymes) and reassemble them into instructions that Jack follows to escape slavery.
"23 Famous Stories Retold" is a multimedia installation that exists on the doors and windows of institutional conference rooms. Sound, broadsides, text on glass and an artist's book dissect popular children's tales (e.g. fairy tales, fables, hand clap games, nursery rhymes) and reassemble them into instructions that a young boy must follow to escape a troubling reality.

It Fit The Description

(Please see the project for the full description) "It Fit The Description" is both an autobiographical narrative and a social critique. It’s based on an incident in pre-k when a white boy approached me and said, “You’re black”. I replied, “No I’m not. I’m brown”. I grabbed a brown and a black crayon and held them to my skin to prove that the brown crayon matched me, not the black one. With that memory in mind, I removed wrappers from brown crayons and rewrapped them with labels from black crayons...

Twisted Tongues

"Twisted Tongues" is an ongoing series that alters nursery rhymes and children's tales to shed light on the foundation of violence that underlies western culture. It takes the form of several iterations. In this artist's book, a noose strings leather page
"Twisted Tongues" is an ongoing series that alters nursery rhymes and children's tales to shed light on the foundation of violence that underlies western culture. It takes the form of several iterations. In these artist's book, a noose strings stories sung by brown skin.

By The Seashore

This iteration of "Twisted Tongues" was designed to play on 14 interactive kiosks spread across Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Among other things, the kiosks display advertisements and list popular events. Slave auctions share these themes of commercialism and local happenings. Many auctions happened where the kiosks currently stand. The video was set to rotate with the other ads Election Day. But a few days before it was supposed to go live, the partnering company decided against airing it. This is a mock-up.

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About Tyler

Baltimore City - Station North A&E District

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Tyler Wilson is a multidisciplinary artist who primarily works with text, photography and video to describe the malleability of language, memory and how children perceive social structures. She was born in Charlotte but also lived in Austin and Atlanta. Tyler returned to Charlotte to earn a degree at Davidson College. After graduating with a B.A. in Studio Art, she moved back to Atlanta for post-baccalaureate studies at Oglethorpe University.  She is currently earning her M.F.A. at Maryland... more

23 Famous Stories Retold

"23 Famous Stories Retold" is a multimedia installation that exists on the doors and windows of institutional conference rooms. Sound, broadsides, text on glass and an artist's book dissect popular children's tales (e.g. fairy tales, fables, hand clap games, nursery rhymes) and reassemble them into instructions that Jack must follow to escape a troubling reality.

To listen to the audio, please follow this link and scroll to "Oral History" :http://tyleryvette.com/portfolio/jack-be-nimble/

It Fit The Description

It Fit the Description is both an autobiographical narrative and a social critique. It’s based on an incident in pre-k when a white boy approached me and said, “You’re black”. I replied, “No I’m not. I’m brown”. I grabbed a brown and a black crayon and held them to my skin to prove that the brown crayon matched me, not the black one. He looked stumped and said, “Well that’s what my dad told me. He said you’re black.” I asked if he wanted to find the teacher with me and ask which color I was. He nodded and off we went. My recollection ends there.

With that memory in mind, I removed wrappers from brown crayons and rewrapped them with labels from black crayons. It’s a comment about how the diversity found in a spectrum of brown skin tones is categorized as one color. With this particular piece, I am illustrating how this becomes an issue when police interact with African Americans. The sounds of sirens and “Ring Around The Rosie”, a nursery rhyme about The Black Death, extend the narrative.

  • Installation view of "It Fit The Description"

    Installation view of "It Fit The Description"
    Installation view of "It Fit The Description"
  • It Fit The Description

    (Please see the project for the full description) "It Fit The Description" is both an autobiographical narrative and a social critique. It’s based on an incident in pre-k when a white boy approached me and said, “You’re black”. I replied, “No I’m not. I’m brown”. I grabbed a brown and a black crayon and held them to my skin to prove that the brown crayon matched me, not the black one. With that memory in mind, I removed wrappers from brown crayons and rewrapped them with labels from black crayons...

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