|Current version of the "Hands" WIP|
Work is still progressing on this project but it's one that is being approached with a lot of patience. The technical goal (as before) is to try to get a high level of hatching and facets than previous drawings creating a more dense texture of lines while also controlling the light and shadow. The inspiration for this project comes from many sources but James Baldwin comes to mind first and foremost.
James Baldwin was one of the great writers of his era. Unfortunately, he wrote and spoke from a perspective that many in American society found far too easy to condemn be it Black, White, male female, democratic, republican, christian or other. James Baldwin was a gay Black man, that spoke out against many ills including racism and homophobia. He was branded a communist, anti-American and many other derogatory terms as a result. James Baldwin was forced to live his final years abroad in France due to being blacklisted here in the US. The irony of this is James Baldwin is being quoted today, his works are referenced today and his books are being read today. Very similar to how Dr. King Jr.'s words of equality and peace are constantly pimped by politicians to promote peace in the face of political adversity today as if Dr. King Jr. wasn't labeled by the same government as a communist, a radical, a terrorist, socialist, anarchist, profiled, ridiculed and threatened (ultimately assassinated) for preaching the exact same message of peace and equality during his time. Call it, acceptance by convenience after the fact, to serve an agenda but not necessarily to promote or make lasting positive societal change.