"I painted over a prior painting called Inferno Coming to create Colors Intersect. Painted in 2020, during Governor Roy Cooper’s stay at home order. I wasn’t sure what it meant to have a show about social justice when I read the art call “Truth to Power 8” Exhibit at Pleiades Art in Durham. I knew enough to know that social justice means different things to different people. I certainly wasn’t thinking about social justice when I painted Inferno Coming. I was just angry. Angry that I was furloughed from work. Angry that my opportunity to have another solo art exhibition was taken away by Covid-19. Angry that I didn’t have as much money. Angry that I couldn’t go out and have fun like I used to do. The list goes on, but I think most people can identify with how I felt.
I was a puzzled of how to pick out a painting to fit into a social justice exhibit, but a friend helped me chose this painting. The orange and red suggests anger to me-the anger within me and events tearing this country apart. Most people agree that some bad things have happened this year that need to change. I agree with the right to peacefully demonstrate, but I am afraid of the anger and violence that has spread across America. I don’t think that violence is the way to social justice. Goggle what Dr. Alveda King and Robert Woodson have to say about social justice if you haven’t heard of them. There is a darkness in this painting that is foreboding of things to come if we can’t compromise and learn to get along. Yellow and shades of green are my desire that all people receive fair and impartial treatment."
Original abstract acrylic on canvas. Ready to hang, and painted along sides. Unframed measures 48” x 36” x 1.5”.
This artwork is on view September 28 to November 4, 2021 at Charlotte Russell Contemporary (Raleigh, NC). Please contact to purchase.