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Left Red Handed
Plaster, Paint, Lacquer 
2018

 

Left Red Handed is a play on words from the well-known statement “caught red handed” meaning that someone has done something bad and was caught in the act. In connection, the statement left red handed means that an individual was severely hurt and left laying red handed as a result of unjust brutality.
    This sculpture includes two arms that were cast from a Black male and painted black and red. These colors were separated with a clean line with black on the top palm side up and red on the bottom side. Having the red on the bottom symbolizes that the person was hurt and left lying in their own blood. The arm sculptures presented on a short
6 inch
pedestal so that the viewer could look down on the piece. To create the arms I used an alginate and water mixture for the mold, plaster for the cast, and clay for portions of the hands. 

Left Red Handed
Plaster, Paint, Lacquer 
2018

 

Left Red Handed is a play on words from the well-known statement “caught red handed” meaning that someone has done something bad and was caught in the act. In connection, the statement left red handed means that an individual was severely hurt and left laying red handed as a result of unjust brutality.
    This sculpture includes two arms that were cast from a Black male and painted black and red: with a sharp line seperating the two. Having the red on the bottom symbolizes that the person was hurt and left lying in their own blood. The arm sculptures are presented on a short six
 inch
pedestal so that it forces the viewer to look down on the figurative helpless form. To create the arms I used an alginate and water mixture for the mold, plaster for the cast, and clay for portions of the hands. 

STEREOTYPES KILL

Found Hats, Spray Paint

2018-present

 

STEREOTYPES KILL is an on-going project focussed on bringing awareness to the issue of police brutality in the United States and highlighting the Black Lives Matter Movement. This is done through the modification of used hats. There are currently 8 hats that inhabit the US at the moment. I cut and painted on the front of the hats as if each

had a bloody gunshot wound and spray painted the words “STEREOTYPES KILL” and “BLACK LIVES MATTER” onto the hat. This was done in connection to the amount of discrimination and racial profiling that people of color experience and how lives are lost because of it. These hats were placed around Arizona State University’s campus in high traffic areas for passersbys to see, read, or even take with them.