Redbones: Rudeboy Like We
Throughout history, mythology has emerged from humankind’s desire to understand our surroundings and our anthropologic makeup. My research in anthropology and mythology draws from historic models of mythos. This investigation takes as its center the task of understanding the lives, existence, and survival of humankind with a particular interest in lower-class Blacks in the “ghetto”. Inspired by ideas surrounding stages of Joseph Cambell’s Monomyth also known as The Heroes Journey, my work comprise paintings that explore the relationship between transformation and myth.
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. I am interested in telling a story of success whereby I trace a journey that begins in an impoverished state, both mentally and physically, which ends in a place of enrichment.
Both autobiographic and universal in nature, my intentions are to work through behaviors of the trickster as an embodiment of self and hero. Literature, documentaries, and travel fuel my work. Though framed in fictional narratives, this work explores and in many ways critiques real life situations. Oftentimes I am reminded of the underlying darkness that occur in childhood fables – in a sense, drawing a parallel to its menacing motifs.