Over/Come/(ing) Blog 5
The images I bring to you were inspired by John Lewis’ graphic novel series “March” (the third installment of which was just released recently accompanying its national book award), I wanted to send out some images from my new series “Over/come(ing).” This series of paintings was initially conceived in reflection about current marches and their connection to marches in the past – mostly the famous march, the march in 1965 the walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Within this work, I seek to explore the power/complexity/hopefulness of social movement (s), the most powerful of human creations, for improving the world, appropriately, I will post a part of a painting from the series each day for the month of March, which we should now think of not just as a month or as a way to mark time but also as a call to action and freedom.
When I returned home my aunt told my mom about my behavior down south. My mom said, “you could have been killed drinking from a white fountain. You could have been lynched.” “Lynched? What is lynched?” “Hanging your puny ass from a tree. Those white people are crazy down there.” Being killed because I drank from a fountain, I thought, yeah that is crazy.