Monday, April 2, 2012
That said as an artist, we process this information and absorb and then reinterpret it. The day I experimented with these post card images in my studio via my mac Photo Booth, I was reflecting on a sound-bite I heard on the news. Trayvon's Martin's mother's voice in response to the turn in news stories reported about her son's innocence-was defensive and fraught with grief. The news reported that Trayvon had been expelled from school (in the past) for having a bag with "traces" of marijuana. Her response was that this information leak was an attempt to justify his killing and was a deliberate character assassination of her boy/child. I will google and post what I can find of her remarks here.
The series begins with me realizing that I can look down or up in the frame at the other images the spontaneous shutter is creating. I began to play with where I would position my eyeline and play with my own blurred image as a way to comment on perception, or a fear of a "signified and imagined #youngblackmalethreatening# Identity, of someone in a hoodie.