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VOICES I, Abstract Expressions. Richmond VA 2020 Black Lives Matter - BLM

 


VOICES: Day 19        30 x 40 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 52 

 

 


VOICES: Day 12        17 x 27 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 48        24 x 21 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 33-2        21 x 20 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 13        18 x 20 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 33        29 x 22 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 28        23 x 23 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 23        28 x 23 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 2        24 x 19 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 45        22 x 15 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 17        24 x 15 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 14        18 x 18 inches

 

 


VOICES: Day 18        24 x 16 inches

VOICES:
Abstract Expressions


VOICES
is a collection of photographic works originating from graffiti at the Robert E. Lee Memorial statue in Richmond, VA during Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests to demand an end to systemic racism and police brutality. The work began on June 8, 2020 and is ongoing.

The graffiti-strewn scene at the statue is a visual cacophony of loud and colorful voices expressing a range of emotions from outrage to healing. During my earliest visits to the site, I began to see through the painted words and symbols, to explore the abstract images they unwittingly form; overlapping and intertwining gestures shared in communal outpouring. Each stroke or splatter of paint represents a physical act of expression that speaks to me in ways that the words cannot.

Blue Heart: graffiti at the Robert E. Lee memorial in Richmond VA.<br />Artist unkonwn.My attraction to abstract imagery is born of the enigmatic quality that invites me to connect with the creator and the act of creating. In this series, that connection ties me to the hands and hearts of those who found a place and a way to speak their innermost truths.

I return to the statue often. Each time, I meet new people and find new voices within the ever-changing displays of graffiti. Each time, I sense that I am immersed in a profound, caring energy. It is this energy that I seek to share through these works.

Kittle at the Robert E. Lee memorial, Richmond VA. Photo by T.C. Moore.
Photo: T. C. Moore


October 15, 2020
New York Times Magazine named the Robert E. Lee Statue in Richmond, Va.

#1 Most Influential Work of American Protest Art Since World War II


Photo: Robert E. Lee memorial in Richmond VA, June 30, 2020
Robert E. Lee memorial, Richmond VA, June 30, 2020

Photo: Robert E. Lee memorial in Richmond VA, June 30, 2020
Cover of National Geographic “The Year in Pictures,”
January 2021. Photo: Kris Graves


Photo: Robert E. Lee memorial in Richmond VA, June 30, 2020
Cover of ARTFORUM Magazine, December 2020
Photo: Mel D. Cole, June 20, 2020


Artspace gallery Members' Biennial Exhibition

Artspace Gallery Exhibition Oct. 23 - Dec. 13, 2020.
An exhibition of works from this project was held at Artspace Gallery Oct. 23 - Dec. 13, 2020. The works can be purchased online at the Artspace Shop. Contact me for infomation about other works from this project, jerekittle@gmail.com.
Limited edition, archival photographic prints, mounted on gatorfoam with UV protectant coating.

Pretty Purposed.orgI was pleased to donate proceeds from the sale of works in this exhibition to PrettyPurposed.org – a community-based program that works to empower girls in the Petersburg, VA area through mentorship and activities that promote healthy physical, social and emotional development.

 

 



 



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