POLYVOCAL MIXTAPE: POSITIONALITY (PAINTING)
My four larger-than-life figurative paintings are more specific towards identity within the figures. Ad Reinhardt’s Black Paintings of the 1960s influence my figurative work. Upon initial glance, his paintings appear to be merely black canvases. After further observation, they reveal varying shades of black through grid structures. Reinhardt’s aim is to rid the space of anything other than arts meaning, allowing the viewer, to enter into a spiritual and self-reflective space. The backgrounds in my painting reference Reinhart’s process and replicate his geometry with Black African-Americans. However, only when looking through the body of the figures is Ad Reinhardt’s methodology visible. In this regard, Ad Reinhardt’s interest in a pure, clean, and transcendent embodiment internalized within the composition of the figures in my paintings.