"Middle's Pass Age"
acrylic on canvas
Not only in a figurative sense, I'm certain that the travel of slaves ships from West Africa to the americas was literally stormy. This is elementary I know and only served as a mental reference for this work. From the swirling line that represents the wind, to the grayish tones. If you look closely at the painting you'll see images of stolen Africans that have jumped overboard to brave the uncertain and avoid the certainty of what they had experienced while on the ship.
Middle's Pass Age
(A whisper imagines itself on the wind
urging sails to reverse course.
wind is natural/it knows stolen
souls aggregated in hulls
The ocean will never sleep like it used to
as the salt has cured the bodies/
and assumed tacit memories
of bones rattling along the dance floor...
we get down in the afterlife
feet flush with the audacity to
have rhythm - once we are pass the age
to get in.