In 2016 I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer. These 2018 documents are the result of the MRI's and x-rays taken of my body looking for cancer. They are self-portraits exploring the Black body from a social and identity context.
My work also visually explores how Race and Rhetoric distort images thru a symbiotic relationship of photo images, language and symbols (signs & codes) creating images that are artificial yet believable in the context of postmodernism. It is a social practice addressing issues of concern in the African American community.
I use portraiture as a tool along with language and symbols as devices for identity, historical, political and social commentary.
Appropriated or original photographic and graphic images are combined to produce “OP/POP Art” portraits and images. The digital medium was used in away where chance combinations of layers and blending programs were discovered & used like painting. I digitally dripped layers of images through each other producing one of a kind chance combinations. Colors & images become available in ways not seen before, altering the visual perceptions of the images as they play with the senses.
I'm a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. and have practiced Graphic Design for over 40yrs. I have incorporated my design training into my fine art work to make images that are graphic and open to many interpretations. My use of appropriated images is important in my work because I 'm able to manipulate their context and elevate the meaning of images that we may take for granted.
Painters like Paschke, Johns, Raushenberg, Rosenquist, Warhol and Carrie James Marshall have influenced my work.