Works

2014

Post-black art is a phrase that refers to a category of contemporary African American art. It is a paradoxical genre of art where race and racism are intertwined in a way that rejects their interaction. I.e., it is art about the black experience that attempts to dispel the notion that race matters. It uses enigmatic themes wherein black can substitute for white.Some suggest the term is attributable to the 1995 book The End of Blackness by Debra Dickerson. ~ From Wikipedia

This piece is about the struggle of wanting to disconnect myself from the term "Black Art" in order to appeal to a wider audience and more easily associate with the commercial art world while still wanting to hold on to my culture. To me, terms like "Post Black" are inherently self hating and make black artists feel like they can not make work about being black without being labeled a "Black Artist". This piece is a push and a pull. This is about a personal step forward and a reluctant step back.