Monday, August 16, 2010

Why I love the Soapbox?

"Dont' do that, " "What will people think?" "You should.."
"Stop being a hater," "Don't curse if you are mad, " "Don't cry," -Even at a funeral when you have lost a close relative, we in America say, "Don't cry. It will be okay."
The silencing and quieting of America....

I have always been excited by people who make a scene. The unexpected. The organic and untamed. The out of control.
Absurdity and the extreme. I mostly, deeply connect with freedom of expression. Above is a replica of a slave auction block. Slavery being the ultimate act of inhumane silencing. The need to be heard crosses all boundaries. The soapbox will be seen and the bullhorn will be heard. Be heard. Hear somebody!!

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Artist Statement

I create art for the ones who lost their voice a long time ago. I believe that impromptu spectacles can bring awareness to social justice issues that paralyze our communities. Lady Terror examines the relationship between public space and performance space and also explores ranting as a medium to address social issues and as a tool to empower communities. My art is local and neighborhood specific in its execution but global in its ideas around poverty, injustice and violence.