Hi there, it’s been a while. Unfortunately this return is in the wake of a series of unfortunate events. I must not be the only one who feels the weight of the world crashing down upon them, while trying to maintain pieces of life before quarantine. My departure from posting came with an increase in school work, and growing lack of focus to my mental health journey. Since the last time I wrote, I have completed my AA in Studio Arts, and got accepted into Mills College. Then cried like it was a breakup once I realized I could not wrap my head around the debt that came with a private college. Instead, I decided on San Francisco State University, and am currently working towards a BA in Art History/Studio Arts. I’ve been working on my first collection of oil-paintings, and progress has been slow during semesters. I have ramped up the painting, and plan on having the first of seven up soon. In the mean time, I have compiled the work I’ve done over the last year and look forward to sharing the research I’ve collected pertaining to contemporary art from the 1960s to today, as well as my thoughts on the Classics Greek sculpture debate of the Elgin Marbles return to Athens.. And despite not having much growth in regards to my own mental health journey, the emphasis of my art, and art history research, remains rooted in mental health awareness. The last five months my main focus has been on the connections between mental health and artist. I can’t wait to share my findings titled, “The Mad Artist and Masterpiece: Examining the Link Between Madness and Artistic Genius,” as well as artwork of my own created from data collected after tracking my emotions over a period of three months…
In regards to one of the current most unfortunate events… The Murder of George Floyd has sparked outrage within the black community, and disgust of people who stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement that have been educating themselves on the history of systemic racism within the United States and the terrible injustices Black people have been subject to at the hands of our nation’s high school educated police departments. George Floyd’s name now sits along side Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christopher Whitfield, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ezell Ford, Frank Smith, Walter Scott, Troy Robinson, Janet Wilson, Randy Nelson, Mary Truxillo, Aaron Bailey, Paterson Brown, Atatiana Jefferson, Calin Roquemore, Darius Robinson, Emmett Till, and many more as a list of Black lives lost due to ramped police brutalities and racism. Although George Floyd’s murderers have been charged, the fight has just begun, especially for those of us who have been ignorant to the battle Black people have been fighting since this country’s establishment. The recent publicized death of George Floyd at the hands of police brutality is a reflection of a much larger issue that stems from institutionalized racism that this country was founded on. Slavery turned to mass incarceration, criminalizing people of color, dehumanizing and stereotyping an entire community. Now is the time to dismantle institutional racism by abolishing the police, and white supremacy. This platform is small, but as a a person whose white privilege has abled me to live comfortably in this country, I think it's best I try using it for those who have been robbed of that comfort. I think it is appropriate to begin my new uploads with a short history of systematic racism within art institutions, accompanied with artwork and critique of the exhibition, Art in the Age of Black Power 1961-1979 at the de young museum from March 2020.