RACE RELATIONS AND RACIAL JUSTICE

REIMAGINING THE NARRATIVE: INTERRACIAL PERSPECTIVE

Reimagining the Narrative: A Contemporary Creative Collection of Interracial Perspective, ink, thread, leather, wood, buttons, and vinyl on quilted fabric, 2018, (left to right): No Margins, The Intercommingling of Races, Within this Race, On this Journey, Knocking on Doors

The Interracial Perspective collection of fabric art scrolls includes experimental extractions and erasures of interracial narratives from the 1800s through the 2000s––inspired by racial tension within Supreme and District court cases and presidential elections, and the artist’s own experience with interracial marriage and how this union presents unsaid difficulties about being human in a racial society which is often more about race than about being human––along with streams of consciousness that respond to these narratives.  

* Erasures inspired by the court cases: 1878 Kinney v. the Commonwealth, Virginia Supreme court case about the marriage between a “black” man and a “white” woman, and the laws prohibiting interracial marriage; 1883 Pace v. Alabama, U.S. Supreme Court case about the marriage between a “negro” man and a “white” woman, and the laws prohibiting interracial marriage; 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson, U.S. Supreme Court case about a man of mixed race, and “separate-but-equal” laws between races; 1941 Estate of Monks, Superior Court case about a deceased “white” man, and the laws surrounding   his will declaring his estate to a woman, determined to be “negro decent,” and the prohibition of interracial marriage; 1948 Perez et al. v. Lippold, Supreme Court case about a “white” woman and a “negro” man seeking a license to marry, and the laws prohibiting interracial marriage; 1954 Brown v. Board of Education, Supreme Court case about the segregation of “white” and “negro” children in public schools, and the laws surrounding “separate but equal” adopted in Plessy v. Ferguson, and equal protection guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment; 1964 McLaughlin v. Florida, U.S. Supreme court case about the interracial relations between “whites” and “negroes,” and the laws prohibiting cohabitation and fornication; 1967 Loving v. Virginia, U.S. Supreme Court case about the interracial marriage between a “negro” woman and a “white” man, and the violation of equal protection and the Fourteenth Amendment; and 2016 United States v. City of Ferguson, U.S. District Court case about the discrimination against “African American residents.”

REIMAGINING THE NARRATIVE: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Reimagining the Narrative: Environmental Justice, ink, thread, leather, wood, and buttons on quilted fabric, 2019, (left to right): 2017 Navajo Nation, 2001 South Camden, 2018 Louisiana, Basic Human Rights 2008 Tennessee, Texas 1979, 2018 Flint

The Environmental Justice collection of fabric art scrolls includes experimental extractions and erasures of environmental justice narratives from 1979 through present day. The large scroll in this collection includes erasures of six court cases of environmental justice and the artist’s stream of consciousness, Basic Human Rights, in response to these cases and issues.  Each of the six additional scrolls includes the erasure from one case and buttons which loosely hold fabric tags representing names of those involved in the case.  With the use of black lines and erasure on these fabric tags, the absence of names represents not only those involved in the case, but also those unnamed in the issues of environmental injustice and the names of those whose stories may never be told. 

*Erasures inspired by cases: 1979 Bean v. Southwestern Waste Management Corp., 2001 South Camden Citizens v. NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection, 2008 BEATRICE HOLT, individually and as surviving spouse and next of kin of her husband, HARRY HOLT, deceased; SHEILA HOLT-ORSTED, individually and as natural mother of JASMINE ORSTED, a minor; BONITA HOLT; O’BRIAN HOLT; BRANDON HOLT; PATRICK HOLT, individually and as natural parent of BIANCA BENTLEY, a minor, and PATRICK HOLT, JR., a minor; DEMETRIUS HOLT; and DAVID BROWN; all individually and as next of kin of HARRY HOLT, deceased,  v.  SCOVILL, INC., n/k/a SALTIRE INDUSTRIAL INC.; ALPER HOLDINGS USA, INC.;  COUNTY OF DICKSON, TENNESSEE;  CITY OF DICKSON, TENNESSEE;  BETSY L. CHILD, COMMISSIONER OF THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF  ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION; and SUSAN R. COOPER, COMMISSIONER OF THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH., 2017 NAVAJO NATION v. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; RYAN ZINKE, Secretary of the Interior; UNITED STATES BUREAU OF RECLAMATION; BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS, STATE OF ARIZONA; CENTRAL ARIZONA WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT; ARIZONA POWER AUTHORITY; SALT RIVER PROJECT AGRICULTURAL IMPROVEMENT AND POWER DISTRICT; SALT RIVER VALLEY WATER USERS’ ASSOCIATION; IMPERIAL IRRIGATION DISTRICT; METROPOLITAN WATER DISTRICT OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; COACHELLA VALLEY WATER DISTRICT; STATE OF NEVADA; COLORADO RIVER COMMISSION OF NEVADA., 2018 RESIDENTS OF GORDON PLAZA, INC. v. MITCH LANDRIEU, in his official capacity as Mayor of the City of New Orleans, and the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS., 2018 Carthan v. Snyder.

Works in Progress . . .

REIMAGINING THE NARRATIVE: REPARATIONS

REIMAGINING THE NARRATIVE: RACIAL IDENTITY