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Drawings

Doll Parts

2019 - present

Trophy Series

2012 - present

There are certainly perceived social benefits for those fetishized by myths. However, do “Big Black Dick” narratives perpetuated by both Blacks and non-Blacks really speak to the humanity of Black individuals with penises?  The Trophy Series an empathetic and realistic series of rendered phalluses request the viewer to see the penises as the representation of individuals, and not objects. Attaining humanity from racist objectivity. The drawings ask the viewer to consider the human beings the penises are attached to and not merely the exoticized temporal experience suggested by the mythology. Within those considerations lie the following questions:

 

1) Historically, has the Trophy penis, the Mandingo male fantasy, or the Big Black Cock narrative in your mind served to humanize Black people with penises?

2) Do these narratives truly express appreciation of the individual by way of complimenting a socially positive trait; or are they about power and who holds it?

 

Fractures

2014 - Present

In 2014 I was thinking about Emmitt Till, and the lack of empathy for the violence and brutality often endured by BIPOC. I was considering this in juxtaposition to the care and consideration taken for stolen artifacts that depict BIPOC. I began rendering images of iconic BIPOC with the same scars, gouges, and fractures as you find in the statues. Drawing parallels in an effort of inspiring the same empathy and consideration to be applied to the viewing of human beings as we culturally do to the objects that bear their resemblance.

Portraits of Criminals

2004

In 2004 I had been mulling over a range of ideas and feelings regarding racial profiling, representation the move of archives of information from hardcopy to digital. For the Portrait of Criminals series, I wanted to engage people in the process of slow looking. I would draw out these images of black leaders and activist mugshots from these distorted internet images.  I’d then erase their arrest placard and leaving only their face visible from a distance. As you approach the work their arrest placard is revealed to you as well as their name which is displayed as they were in many arrest photos of Jim Crow era activists.

© Chris Christion, Artist/Curator