The Say Their Names Series
When I watched in horror alongside the rest of a sane America as insurrectionists, emboldened by the hatred and lies of Donald Trump, attacked our Nation's Capitol, I used art to try and cope with the insanity of it all. I began with a sketch of Emmet Till, intending to draw as many black voices silenced by institutional racism as I could. I felt it was a direct response to the screaming from the right about how BLM protests were "violent". then this attack on our very democracy should also be sanctioned. Lending my art to lift the beauty of these lost black lives means a great deal to me, though I recognize my own voice is unimportant by comparison. I only wish to capture these souls in the manner they deserve to be seen, as beautiful, vibrant members of a society that failed to protect them as they deserved. I don't know if it matters, one white artist painting these faces. Probably not, But their lives absolutely mattered, and I will do my best to honor each one through art. They deserve a much greater memorial. Say their names with me, please.