Fruit explores the relationships between the utilitarian object of the shirt as an accessory and necessary garment in protecting the body from the elements. As you experience the work, think about the commodification of the Black body in relation to the backdrop of American History. Look close – there are secrets hidden in the language of the installation. Just as there are secrets sewn into the melanin of Black bodies silenced in the pages of ship manifests, those lost at sea, those torn from their families and the soft smiles of black mothers and fathers - Fruit holds many secrets that will present themselves to you only if you can be as vulnerable and raw as the work is.
The Colored Museum is a journey to make visible the underpinnings of an American consciousness shaped by the story that is often handed to us by media outlets and educational institutions and offer a nuanced counter-narrative. The Cyanotype prints serve as an indelible reminder of the ways in which enslaved Africans were moved for the cultivation of crops, taking with them fragments of culture and heritage.