“Black artists making art was not only an authentic journey but a political one as well and we’re also struggling for equality in our own society. In America I am constantly being reminded that my ethnic family is considered‘other’.” –Whitfield Lovell (from the foreword of John Biggers’ “My America”)
In the 1980s, TV shows such as “The Cosby Show” taught Americans that a strong family produces a strong community. This show produced television icons who changed the stereotypical image of the Black family in America.
As a Black artist in America, I feel I have a duty to expose cultural ignorance. With the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, many have claimed that we are living in a post-racial America or a colorblind society. This remark is not consistent with all people, as Black communities are still being scrutinized.
Through the combination of pop culture imagery, humor, satire, and the idea of Double Consciousness as proposed by W.E.B. Dubois, I am challenging today’s so-called post-racial America. The distortion expressed within my work conveys the friction, anger, and confusion that a dark body endures. I exclaim through my work that in today’s society, we need to re-establish positive imagery in the Black community.