Roselawn’s Garden in Jessah
Collages & Silkscreen Prints
My collage works, having initiated as sketches, have also taken a form unto themselves and built into a narrative called Roselawn’s Garden in Jessah. 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. Almost 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 how to restore Earth.
The collage works ultimately become references for silkscreen prints, which serve to the public as the graphic novel for this narrative.
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.