We never know what we are capable of until we are pushed. This is the beauty that comes out of hard times. Through our darkest and toughest moments, we will emerge as a stronger individual with new perspective. The butterflies in my piece signify us evolving and flying towards new beginnings as our spirits remain hopeful.
Kprecia uses illustration as a tool to empower, collaborate with businesses, celebrate her culture, and create home décor catered to black girls. Her hope is to inspire others like her to build their own door and pursue their dreams.
We are clearly not where we need to be. Social justice will eventually take the day, and stupidity will sink into the ground. To LIVE BLACK is to know where you came from, to know where you are, and to know where you are going. If you're NOT black to LIVE BLACK means you will bury stupidity as quickly as you see it. Let’s keep fighting. Let’s Dream Big.
Not Expendable. The Covid-19 pandemic is having far-reaching effects on our nation and our communities; some elected representatives have argued that older Americans should be willing to sacrifice their lives for the benefit of the national economy. There exists a mistaken belief that allowing the most vulnerable to die would end the pandemic sooner and lead to a quicker economic recovery. In fact, allowing more deaths would likely increase economic instability. The Covid-19 public health crisis and our nation’s economic health are inextricably linked. The billboard image created for Elders Are Essential will capture the vibrancy of Minnesota’s elders and illustrate the fact that no one is expendable, and all lives are precious and valued.
Miriam Webster Dictionary defines the word minority as the smaller in number of two groups, constituting a whole. Native black Americans are the minority in our country and yet, in the inner city dominating in number of COVID-19 cases. It almost as seems like an oxymoron that, the least can have the most. This is solely due to a breach in healthy equity and economics. This disparity impacts all communities and classes.
From Andrew K. Hammond: My work focuses on expressing the culture, history and future of people in the African-American diaspora, which is an important undertaking in a society filled with historical mythology. Critics speak of my versatility, and expressive work through collages which provoke thought and create visual disputation and resolve. I will never concede to having the torch of my hero, Romare Bearden (1911-1988), but confess that my torch has been lit by Bearden, George Grosz (1893-1959) Minnesota’s Mel Smith and “Dame” Judy Bowman.
My billboard consists of a four panel graphic "strip" using digital illustrations that reminds the viewer of the process to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The theme of Wash your hands, Wear protection, Wait for safety, For a healthy World is graphically presented under the title "Remember to Stop The Spread."
The original was a watercolor on paper painting, 5’x8’ feet. I turned it into a 4”x14” design with text “We are all connected”. Thousands of watercolor marks are repeated, accumulated, and layered. Lines and shapes create patterns, networks, and pathways. Pulsating, shifting, and stirring, linking across space and time, they form a dense and fluid rhythmic structure. From tiny to monumental, everything is interrelated. This work is an offering of gratitude to those on the front lines, to those affected by COVID-19, and to those worried about what will come. Our individual choices and actions impact the wellbeing of others. Our small contribution forms and shapes the whole. We are all in this together, because we are all connected.
Keren is a recipient of 2015, 2017, and 2019 Artist Initiative Grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her work has been featured in MN Original, and in print publications such as Paint Lab, Color Lab and Tangled Art. She holds an MFA in Painting from Parsons School of Design.
This digital media was created to represent justice that belongs to everyone. People of all shades and colors. Brick by brick we can raise our hands and voices to combat the forces in an unjust world. We should never feel justified seeing our neighbors suffer under the cruel truth of systematic racism.
Jayda is an exceptional middle school student who has been sketching and painting since she was three years old. She enjoys math, science and volunteering with student council and her Girl Scout troop. Her current focus is animation, digital art and multimedia compositions. Her goal is to be a successful independent artist, comic book publisher and child psychologist.
Steven addresses Social Justice with the direction pointing towards the "Now watch", referring to the time of course, he draws our attention to the call for justice being long overdue and declaring that Now! IS the time. In creating the artwork, Steven focused on readily identifiable icons: "Social Justice Power Fist", always a staple image for creating interest. "Feathers", denoting his heritage and signaling native support in the cause. "Inverse Flag", a universal sign of distress. In being broken or deconstructed, implies it is an even more dire situation. "Stars", representing the 11 Tribal Nations in Minnesota.
The artwork features a diverse array of healing symbols. The figure in the image represents humankind’s tie to nature and search for esoteric remedies. The cross-cultural origins of the iconography highlight the interconnectivity of our modern communities. The colors, composition and the icons are all designed to yield a therapeutic, restorative effect. The background elements relate to the importance of cosmic synchronization in our daily life. When communities face challenges to health and harmony there must be a remedy for both the body and the spirit. This piece seeks to deliver a message to alleviate the psychic disharmony that has permeated during this crisis.
From Connor Rice: I’m a mixed-media artist from Minneapolis. I take visual inspiration from hieroglyphs and graffiti. My work chronicles the issues and motifs of pan-Africanist realities across time and space. By employing ancient symbols and blending them with a modern sensibility, my art seeks to distort our preconceived notions of human history.