Warrior/Worrier--By the Ghettos of Babylon series
Mixed media on wood. 18" x 24". 2011.
(By the) Ghettos of Babylon is a series of six mixed media paintings that deal with African-American displacement as slavery has left us--different tribes of people, lost identity, people without a home--bringing attention to the fact that we are African first. Looking beyond the uniforms that people wear daily, attempting to recognize the African self underneath. When I see people in the streets I have to deconstruct the outfits, hair, makeup, and accessories to see African. People put more effort into and emphasis on being American instead of African, but shouldn't put the mask ahead of original Self.
The name for this series is borrowed from a reggae song by singer/songwriter, Dezarie. It alludes to Psalm 137 in the Bible, a song that laments a stolen people held captive in a foreign land, same as most Black people stuck in dilapidated urban ghettos of America. Anyone of conscious mind and sight, whether able to articulate it or not, must have at some point observed the personal and environmental confusion, and subsequent repercussions that exist amidst the dichotomy that is the life of the so-called African-American. (By the) Ghettos of Babylon is visual fine art that speaks to this plight.