Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
In this body of work, I am focusing on racism. The black lives matter movement, amidst ongoing public debates about race, and widening gaps in wealth and opportunity, and discussions about representation and its relationship to justice seems more relevant than ever. So far, I’ve painted portraits of my friends of color as a way of signifying my alliance with the Black, Asian, and other ethnic communities instead of me telling their story, and a portrait of Vice President Kamala Harris to portray positivity in American history, as she is the first female of color to be elected. Lastly, I’ve created a mixed media piece of Black Lives Matter protests in front of the US Capitol building. I plan to create another piece of a scene from the Capitol insurrection and display both of these next to each other, hoping to contrast the evident amount of racism in America. With high tensions resulting from this movement, representing images of debates of race and justice in America seems more significant now more than ever.