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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 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

 

 


VOICES: Day 12        17 x 27 inches

VOICES:
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 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.



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. 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 hope.

During my early visits to this place, I began to see through the words and symbols painted on the granite and concrete to find the abstract images they unwittingly form; overlapping and intertwining gestures shared in communal outpouring. The strokes and splatters speak to me in ways that the words fail.

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 deepest truths.

I return to the “circle” often, drawn to the atmosphere of caring and healing. Each time, I find new voices within the ever-changing displays of graffiti. Each time, I sense that I am immersed in a profound energy where all are welcome. It is this energy that became the source of my inspiration.

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

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

 



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