After the murder of George Floyd, I painted a series of works that represents the holistic experience of Black men. It began with honoring Black men as kings and recognizing “heavy is the head that wears the crown”. Of the series, Black Men are Fragile is a mixed media work of art that embraces a man's need to be nurtured and the gentle side of their existence. In American society, Blck safety is imaginary and relentlessly attacked.
Black men are required to be strong. Seeing their friends, brothers, fathers, sons, nephews and uncles being murdered without consequence Black Men Are Fragile.
This work represents fragility, self soothing, isolation, and turning to self for healing. The image is both fully grown, but also takes shape as a fetus in the womb- the last place we have protection. We are adults, and we need protection, especially being Black in America. Throughout 2020, I craved to curl into myself, and go deep within myself. I was also scared to not come back. --
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