Groundhog Day: privilege, scratch, inversion is a triptych with the titles of each panel being privilege, cratch, and inversion. The... Read More
Groundhog Day: privilege, scratch, inversion is a triptych with the titles of each panel being privilege, cratch, and inversion. The painting encompasses the theme of a time loop, like that of the movie Groundhog Day, where every day repeats. Each panel incorporates the half-tone image of the infamous footage of the 2015 McKinney, TX pool party incident. The repeated image is meant to represent the ongoing issue of police violence against people of color. The first two panels (left, "privilege" and middle, "scratch") are identically painted, but the middle (scratch) is then scratched out with sandpaper. The right panel, "inversion," is an inverted self-portrait.
This painting is the starting point for a current series, addressing white privilege in the context of social change, utilizing the colonizing imagery of vintage children's books as source material, which takes on new meaning through a contemporary context. This figuration finds its way into this recent work, reflecting my relocation to the Deep South in 2018.