Acrylic Paint on Canvas 36 in x 36 in
Recently my convictions of the past have merged with the prospects of my future. I am a human of multiple races. I am white, hispanic, Caribbean indian, and black. Because of this, I have never had any easy time placing myself mentally, into a group I felt I belonged to. Of course I had friends of different races yet they still had to face me through their perspective. I had white friends that called me Black Ryan and black friends that called me White Ryan. I ended up feeling bad for hispanics because it wasn’t so easy for them to decide what to call me. (hint of sarcasm)
I have always felt there need to group me and limit who I was allowed to be was disrespectful and ultimately narrow minded. I have wanted to form a Socratic circle where people who felt these pressures and tensions could open up freely and know they werent alone.
As that moved to the back of my mind, my first 2 nephews were born and have a wider range of ethnicity than I do, so I fear the struggles they may encounter. I want to combat these ideologies and stereotypes that are pronounced by mainstream media so that they may grow up loved, not persecuted.
This is what the use of color represents. It allows the viewer no chance to place him into a group of their own choosing but to accept him as he is and the chance that they don’t know everything even though that feels safest. Please enjoy and stay Tan…