” Paintings don’t just happen. I am not a proponent of the idea of an artist as someone who kind of magically makes things and has no real control or isn’t willfully producing a certain kind of thing. It is labor-intensive, and it is research-intensive. You are making one decision after another, trying to get at something you think is important. “


” What you’re trying to create is a certain kind of an indispensable presence, where your position in the narrative is not contingent on whether somebody likes you, or somebody knows you, or somebody’s a friend, or somebody’s being generous to you. “


” I think the only value of being in school is that everything you do should be a problem that needs to be solved. Everything should be a challenge. “


” If people keep telling you you can’t do a thing, then you need to find a really good reason to continue. If someone tells you you can’t do something, how will you know? If someone tells you something is impossible, how will you know? “


” When I started, I was aware of using the black as a rhetorical device. It’s understanding that black people come in a wide range of colors, but you find instances in a lot of black literature in which the blackness is used as a metaphor. In some places, you can find an extreme blackness used as a descriptive. “


” I used to always say – and I think a lot of artists think of it this way – that when you see a black figure, the way the critical establishment operated, you can only imagine that figure having a sociological value. They never say the ways in which their aesthetics were equally worthy of consideration. “


” In Western Catholicism, darkness was evil. In the colonial and imperial context, dark skin was always weak, powerless, subjugated. If you see these images all the time, they become commonplace, and they no longer become a spectacular or sensational thing. “


” As a black person, I’m used to going to places in which I might be the only black person that shows up there. This experience has an effect on the way you see yourself in the world and what it means to be black in the world. “


” You don’t see black people winning Nobel prizes for physics or economics or any of the industries or institutions that shape the way the world operates. “



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I think the only value of being in school is that everything you do should be a problem that needs to be solved. Everything should be a challenge.
If people keep telling you you can
When I started, I was aware of using the black as a rhetorical device. It
I used to always say - and I think a lot of artists think of it this way - that when you see a black figure, the way the critical establishment operated, you can only imagine that figure having a sociological value. They never say the ways in which their aesthetics were equally worthy of consideration.
In Western Catholicism, darkness was evil. In the colonial and imperial context, dark skin was always weak, powerless, subjugated. If you see these images all the time, they become commonplace, and they no longer become a spectacular or sensational thing.
As a black person, I
You don
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