Title: “Don’t Shoot” Medium: Acrylic on Wood. 3hrs, quick painting. 2014.
I felt compelled to paint this on Thursday morning after walking into a grocery store and hearing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” being played on the loudspeaker. It echoed the sentiment and uneasiness I was already feeling due to the situation occurring in Ferguson, Missouri right now as we speak. It’s my belief that everyone has a voice and it’s really our duty to use it productively to make this world better. There are injustices going on that we may feel are out of our control, but there’s always something you can do.
It’s extremely disheartening that this image is basically a compilation of images I’ve seen this past week. Like real life craziness that is difficult for me to fathom. It’s rare that I use my work in a way that shows the harsh reality of things, but I’m realizing more and more that it’s imagery people need to see. I want to encourage and inspire with my paintings, but I also want to evoke change.
I want to bring awareness to an issue that more of us should be concerned about. I thought of all my little cousins and how this could’ve easily happened to one of them just because they’re black boys and that absolutely breaks my heart. This is the harsh reality that many of us are living in, and we NEED to do something to change it.
As always…Make Art, Not war. keturahAriel
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Lorine is so dope. I seen her live for the first time like a week ago and it fully reaffirmed that she is my favorite type of artist/musician …just pure raw talent, no gimmick. And she’s mad cool too <3!!!
I make smoothies just about everyday, but only a few are worth posting. Just because it taste good doesn’t mean it LOOKS good.
Not all smoothies are created equal. #artistsagainstuglyfoodpics ❤
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Jesse Boykins iii- Plain
I’ve always wanted to like his music, but nothing ever stood out to me until this song. It jamzzz.
This song reminds me of my childhood. My mom played this album over and over and this song always stood out to me as a kid. I’m not sure why it did seeing that I didn’t know what any of the lyrics meant, but It’s crazy how relevant it is now that I’m older.
"All you folks who think you own my life…you never made any sacrifice.."
She be knowing. So #woke.