Bleeding

My pen bleeds black seeping life onto page. I bring it closer to death with every touch. I watch the dichotomy, my thoughts becoming clearer and its life spilling on to page. It will not die in vain, with its blood I will bring meaning. In honor of my pen I will become the vigilante, with its blood I will poison the corrupted. I will stain the pristine landscapes of the New Republic. Line after line I watch black seep out of its jugular. A slow but meaningful death, it sacrifices every drop to help me articulate thought. The page is the vampire, sucking life out of pen at the slightest touch, I watch the sacrifice. The balance is sublime, it is the divine order of things. I cannot stop. I’ve heard that it is “mightier than the sword” but there are no defenses, it follows my every command. This deepens the importance of words hitting page, as it has now become the shrine. I bring pen after pen after pen after pen, with hopes that it brings me closer to the truth.

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When Pigs Fly

Excerpt from interview on NPR: When Pigs Fly (A New Genre Landscape)

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One Day While Waiting For A Haircut

One day while waiting for a haircut and this happened:

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Time and Place – Atlanta Hartsfield Airport Exhibition

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“This exhibition of 11 Georgia based photographers displayed throughout the Transportation (T-Terminal) Mall areas of this airport, was loosely organized around the concept of “A Sense Of Place”. The aim is not to define “place” as typical travel photographs might do, or to explain what “place” means or can mean, but to showcase how these photographers explore the idea from multiple angles and points of view (both literally and philosophically). We, the viewers, are given a visual playground of situations, juxtapositions, moments in time, that are all rooted in a deeply curious exploration of place.“

Curated By Amy Miller

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Fulton County Aviation and Cultural Center

A Force Proportional To Their Masses.

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A Force Proportional To Their Masses

I was recently commissioned to create work for the upcoming Fulton County Aviation and Cultural Center being built in Atlanta. This is a “dream come true” project as it appeals to some of my deepest passions: art, history and the magnificent science of aviation. The body of work I am creating for the center is called “A Force Proportional To Their Masses”. The following statement explains in detail  how the work is being informed.

The Wright brothers maiden flight took place in 1903 and changed the world. It inspired countless would be aviators around the globe to pursue the otherworldly act of flying. From the beginning there were African Americans who not only dreamed of flying but achieved the seemingly impossible by piloting early aircraft. The main theme of A Force Proportional to Their Masses will be gravity.  The concept of defying gravity will be the literal and figurative symbol of the difficulties and societal pressures that the early aviators had to overcome to achieve flight.

Gravity is defined: a natural phenomenon by which physical bodies attract with a force proportional to their masses.  This basic law was discovered by Newton in 1687. To understand it is to understand flight. Gravity must be manipulated to achieve flight.  In that same frame of reference there were great forces proportional to the very existence of simply being African American in the early 20th century.  A Force Proportional to Their Masses at Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center will not only speak to the triumphs and tragedies experienced by early Black aviators but African Americans in general.

Embedding my design into the initial blueprints of the Fulton County Aviation and Cultural Center.

 

3-D Computer Simulation of Aviation Center (c) POND Architects 2012

 

 

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Celestial Bodies

Celestial Bodies is a body of work that explores relationships in my immediate family. The philosophy of the work is one in which deeper self-awareness comes through examining the manifestations of cause and effect. The idea is that one becomes who we are as it relates to those closest to us, your family. I’ve used scientific elements and the laws of physics as a metaphor to explore the ideas of cause and effect, hence the title Celestial Bodies.  The majority of the work is portrait based which mostly includes old family photos that I’ve re-contextualized. Embedded into the family photos are diagrams that explore gravity, centrifugal force and magnetic fields. The individual is re-imagined as planetary; each having seen and unseen effects on one another.  I thought this to be an appropriate metaphor in understanding the seen and unseen affects ones family has on an individual. In my research I discovered that Jupiter because of its massive size has a gravitational pull so strong it prevents the earth from being bombarded with asteroids every day. This phenomenon best describes the ideas I am exploring regardless of ones distance or separation from family. When all is stripped bare ones orbit is positively and negatively affected by the coordinates and spacial dynamics of ones family life.

Tangential Direction

Tangential Direction

Polarity

Polarity

North-to-North,-South-to-South

North-to-North,-South-to-South

Equilibrium

Equilibrium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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