acrylic on canvas
I created this to speak to how Eurocentric patriarchy has created "this america" that has continued to oppress and kill (oftentimes in more subtle ways) people of African descent. These "founding fathers" penned each letter of any document that serves as the soil for the roots of america, for the benefit of white men. True, time and the sheer will of the people has changed the "toughness of the skin of the fruit", but, the roots of the tree remain the same.
The apple and the ray form the male symbol (which resembles the male penis and scrotum). When things are considered "as american as apple pie" that leads me to believe that the apple is the "unofficial fruit" of this country. I also find it ironic that the "apple is also what I consider, many Theologians may disagree, the "fruit of the sin". For a country built on such acts it's hard to ignore the accuracy of this irony.
The iconography on the ray are the initials of the noted seven main "founding fathers" of america:
All of them equally guilty for the pain, the trauma and the hate in america.
All of them
you know "big shoes"
(compensation with big trucks)
or simply can't understand how the rhythm
can still exist among the white noise
All of them wrote burning the midnight oil.
The threads of the tomes
Hung the midnight oil/we are black gold/
bodies emblazoned by moonlight.
and the watchful eyes of collectors
assessing what appendage they'd
take and place on their mantle.
a pertrified penis exist as an heirloom
there is no wonder why we're still here.