Plaster, Aluminum, Pine, urethane, found tire, Latex
I was debating what to do with this idea for a long time. Finally, it was almost like I just decided that I had to vomit out this piece.
So, this is an attempt to talk about how in American history, our culture has gone from the emancipation of slaves, to the incarceration of their descendants. An aspect of "white guilt" could be the creation of a system to continue to treat black people with cruelty in order to mask the shame of our history. Cruelty becomes a never ending cycle unless it stops somewhere.
This work focuses on an image of feet, both as a means of bondage and freedom. The feet are cast in two different colors. They are cast in multiples from the same molds. The feet are mangled or deformed. This could indicate the idea of having to chew off your foot in order to free yourself from a trap, like a wild animal. The gallery where this work is shown, had these euro-centric columnar forms in it, which I used as elements. The "white" feet are on top of the columns, some of which are shown in a toppled position. The "black" feet are on the plaster slabs and there are two inside the tires. The placements are indications of our racial divide in our country. Both feet are equally mangled.