WORK + TEXT > The Redbones

Witness
Acrylic, spray paint, parachute harness, rope, bullet riddled sign, and collage on canvas
138" x 82"
2018
A Kingdom of Ignorant Kings
Acrylic, antique fans, rope and spray paint on canvas
6 15/6 x 4 feet
2018

I am interested in creating fictitious characters known as The Redbones. The Redbones are a generation of young boys who are placed on the frontline as warriors by the wealthy within society. Ironic to the storyline is that The Redbones are a generation of boys from poverty stricken areas recruited and hand selected to fight for freedom and justice for ALL. The boys march, protest and go to war simply as a rite of passage in hopes of one day being deemed hero by the wealthy within society.

This series draws very close parallels between the current political space and societal ills being experienced today within the world. This project takes to task, an examination and critique of journey, pilgrimage and the notion of martyr as hero in regard to the act of Protest and war.

Specifically, this work examines the use of fire as a form of protest. References as early as the 1600s points to Guy Fawkes’ the Gunpowder Plot in Britain. Fawkes became involved with a small group of English Catholics, led by Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate the Protestant King James and replace him with his daughter, third in the line of succession, Princess Elizabeth. This act of Protest, though failed, serves as a historic marker in history and aided in forging the history of my home, the Bahamas (a Commonwealth Nation), a nation still recognizing Queen Elizabeth. It also mimics contemporary acts of Self-Immolation whereby protestant statements are made through self-sacrifice by means of fire.