15 x 11 inches
Collage with Linoblock Elements on Cotton Rag Paper
This is a limited edition collage and linoleum block print. This print is about our interdependence as human beings and the importance of supporting each other at a time when states and governments are failing our most vulnerable community members. The current system of Racial Capitalism prioritizes profits over BIPOC people, poor white people, disabled folks, animals and the planet itself. The pandemic has revealed what so many already knew, that our system is not sustainable and is not set up to care for us during our lifetimes. On the contrary, it’s set up to exploit most of us and to treat our communities as if they were disposable. Although there is great wealth in this country as the result of stolen land and stolen labor, it is hoarded by the wealthiest white men and it does not reach the people who need it most. This system has to go, it wasn’t working before and it’s falling apart now. Instead, we must imagine and embody a new system of mutual aid, cooperation, collaboration and interdependence, one that includes that natural world as well. We Need Each Other.
The words for this print series was inspired by, “No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide for Artists and Activists,” which is a guide that I helped launch together with my organization, The Center for Cultural Power. Each print is a unique collage arrangement of my favorite shapes, with a layer of linoleum block printed on top. This was the first time I created these prints in a landscape orientation.
As the pandemic began to hit our cities in early March, I connected and strategized with social movement leaders to understand what were some of the key messages that we needed to amplify, and this was one of them. I created a unique collage arrangement for each piece because I wanted to incorporate playfulness and softness, while also including a strong message.