Last Palisade Series
My collage works, having started as sketches, are taking a form unto themselves called Last Palisade. In this exploratory phase a character and world has begun to reveal itself. This seemingly dystopian world where nature has lost it’s ability to move naturally and is stuck partially in stone, there appears to be only one survivor. Unbeknownst to him, there was a time where people like himself – those with black skin – had not the luxury of exploring nature. Now that seems to be his only purpose in hopes to someday find out who killed Earth.
At the stories current inception, it accesses the value of exploring nature for minority communities. Stereotypically it is not something we do, however, this is a byproduct of many minorities not having the luxury of time as they struggle using most of their energy fighting an uphill battle of economic and even social poverty. Currently working at Family Art Project at Wave Hill in Bronx, a non-profit focusing on the relationship of arts and horticulture, I encounter this dichotomy. A small portion of our 300+ attendees are black and brown skinned minorities despite the fact that the Bronx is majority black and hispanic and is the lowest percentage of white residents in NYC.