BLACK LIFE  AS SUBJECT MATTER II

Artists Statements

                                     TITLE: “HOMAGE TO JOHN CRAWFORD III

                                                                          (FROM "THEY THAT MATTER"SERIES)

                                                       by Larry Winston Collins
 

                                              Media:  Mixed Media Relief Painting
                                              Size: 35″ x 32″ x  6” 
                                              Hue: Color
                                              Price:  NFS

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                                             TITLE: “HOMAGE TO SAM DuBOSE"

                                                                        (FROM "THEY THAT MATTER"SERIES)

                                                        by Larry Winston Collins
 

                                              Media:  Mixed Media Relief Painting
                                              Size: 37″ x 34″ x  6” 
                                              Hue: Color
                                              Price:  NFS

 

 

Artist Statement:

In the exhibition, They That Matter, I create individual shrines, illuminating each person who has lost their life due to extreme police brutality; to show the humanity of these victims, and that their lives mattered.

While searching through some old books at a local thrift store, I found an old copy of a Time Magazine dated April 20, 2015.  On the magazine cover was the title BLACK LIVES MATTER in large bold white letters.  In the lower section of the cover was a photograph of a black male running, and in another image a white male police officer is being screened shooting at the black male runner.  The black man running in the photograph was Walter Scott, who was shot eight times while fleeing a North Charleston police officer.

Knowledgeable of the Black Lives Matter movement, I was keenly aware of the events in the US concerning the shooting of black men and women by police.  I was deeply moved while reading the stories in the magazine describing the circumstances leading to the large number of fatalities.  I felt the stories of these African American men and women needed to be told; and the people should honestly take notice of these victims and what it has to say about our society.

                                                                            LARRY WINSTON COLLINS