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


VOICES: Day 19        30 x 40 inches



VOICES: Day 28        23 x 23 inches



VOICES: Day 12        17 x 27 inches



VOICES: Day 23        28 x 23 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 2        24 x 19 inches



VOICES: Day 17        24 x 15 inches



VOICES: Day 20        10 x 30 inches

VOICES: Day 21        10 x 30 inches



VOICES: Day 14        18 x 18 inches



VOICES: Day 18        24 x 16 inches

Abstract Expressions

Now exhibiting at Artspace in Richmond VA
Oct. 23 - Dec. 13, 2020

Pretty Purposed.orgA portion of proceeds from the sale of works in this exhibition will be donated to – 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.

Artspace Gallery Exhibition Oct. 23 - Dec. 13, 2020.
Exhibition at Artspace Gallery Oct. 23 - Dec. 13, 2020. Purchase works at the Artspace Shop. Limited edition of archival photographic prints, mounted on gatorfoam with UV protectant coating.

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. This 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. This body of work seeks to honor the beauty of protest.

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 in ways that the words cannot. Even covert attempts to chemically remove the graffiti punctuate its visual impact as testimonies to the struggle for freedom and equality in America.

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. This energy is my inspiration.

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

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

Photo: T. C. Moore



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