Morning Bus Stop
2015; 19" x 25"
Real estate section newspaper, Acrylic
In this image, I painted the silhouettes of three Hispanic and African-American students at my morning bus stop. At B-CC, a high school that is 57% white, I am the only white student on this bus. I created the canvas, and several others in the series, by layering pieces of newspaper and treating them with gloss varnish.
2015; 18.5" x 10.5"
Map, Real estate newspaper, Acrylic, Tracing paper
I cut and layered tracing paper over the map to mirror the boundaries of my high schools’ clusters, and I stamped public bus routes. In contrast, on the left side there are no public buses because there are fewer routes in the wealthier neighborhoods. This piece highlights the desire and influence of wealthier neighborhoods to keep lower income peoples out of their neighborhood by limiting public transportation access.
Be Careful She Might Sue
2015; 26" x 22"
Canvas, Gesso, Acrylic, Photo transfer
"Be careful she might sue" is a comment I received sometimes from fellow students in the Visual Arts Center program. It's often the Hispanic or black students who say this to me because I am white. The text imprinted on the canvas behind the phrase is an essay by Roxanne Gay called "Peculiar Benefits" in which Gay poignantly discusses privilege and our relationship to it.