This current work is a photo series of still life collages created from found objects, shapes and hands meticulously cut from magazines and other paper ephemera. Initially the making of these pieces began with an intention around play, experimentation and beauty. Soon the process of creating collages using hands of different skin colors evolved into a deep dive on issues surrounding race and, as a white person, how white fragility and white centrality uphold the system of racism that many claim to be against.
The mode of thinking that says, “because I am anti-racist I am not part of the problem,” ironically perpetuates and supports the systems of white supremacy, because it stops the conversation. Robin DiAngelo in her book “White Fragility” writes, ”...our simplistic definition of racism - as intentional acts of racial discrimination committed by immoral individuals - engender a confidence that we are not part of the problem and that our learning is thus complete. ...Given our racial insulation, coupled with misinformation, any suggestion that we are complicit in racism is a kind of unwelcome and insulting shock to the system... If, however, I understand racism as a system into which I was socialized, I can receive feedback on problematic racial patterns as a helpful way to support my learning and growth.“
Within the beauty of this series exists a response to the white centrality that overwhelms art and media and becomes one of those unnamed systems that creates the racist socialization imposed our society. This has been true of our past and present but hopefully by opening up the conversation, not into our future.
All profits from sales of the work will be donated to Color of Change, a non-profit civil rights advocacy organization. /“Color Of Change helps people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by more than 1.4 million members, we move decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people, and all people. Until justice is real.”/