Collage with Linoblock and Photo Transfer elements on Cotton Rag Paper.
11 x 15 inches
Between the Fog is a limited edition collage series that incorporates my classic profile figure. This series also reflects a new process that emerged due to shelter in place restrictions. The pandemic raised a lot of questions about the future of my studio, and as a result, I found myself in a mindset of being frugal and wanting to waste nothing. I took the time to go through all of my materials and be really intentional about how I might use my scraps. Plus, I've been waiting for the right project to play with some new patterns and textures that I’ve been experimenting with, textures that were derived from linoleum block printing and photo transfer. I really love the patterns in these works because they add a level of depth. In some variations, the patterns feel like wallpaper, and in other variations, they feel like a representation of the DNA of my ancestors.
I was excited to play with a simple face because it would allow me to have a contained experiment in which I could focus on the foreground and the background. I was also looking for a project where I could play and also test out some new color combinations that I had been imagining. The size of the face allowed me to incorporate various sliced elements. I decided to use sharp shapes in the faces as a reflection of our acute and harsh reality. As I was creating these works, I was listening to Democracy Now or the New York Times and getting a sense of the gravity and devastation caused by our administration’s response to the pandemic, particularly as it has impacted communities of color. I wanted to show the way in which our current reality cuts deep and leaves a wound.
Simultaneously, I also wanted to bring in the bold possibility that the current moment offers. While we are in a time of great hardship, we are also at a time of great possibility and we can shape our future for generations to come. The juxtaposition of colors, the contrasting lips and the saturated color combinations point at my excitement about the future.