KIND OF OFFENSIVE
These works made up most of the body of work for my senior exhibition KIND OF OFFENSIVE in the Smith Gallery at Davidson College. They represent almost a year and a half of intense study and experimentation under professors Cort Savage and Tyler Starr and for the last semester, an independent artistic practice.
I was born in Jackson, Mississippi, where the outcomes of the Civil War still divide two cultures: a dominant culture trying to preserve a certain way of life, the way it has always been, and another still fighting to survive in it. These cultures and this conflict often fall on either side of a racial divide. I grew up in this divide because my parents were determined to provide me with a perspective and education different from what was typical of someone like me: a white, middle-class boy from a “good” neighborhood. This work is about my long time in that place, that divide, and all that it left me with.