Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek -Martin Luther King Jr.
Title : “By Any Means”
Series : The Uncolored Series
Year : 2014
Medium : Oil On Canvas
Dimensions : 24 x 45 in ( 60.96 cm x 114.3 cm.)
Availability : Private Collection (limited edition reproductions available)
This painting is part of a collection of works entitled “The Uncolored Series” Paintings about color without color. Each painting deals with a unique issue in the stages of African American life and culture.
By Any Means” Learn to learn.
Reading can be an experience of enlightenment. For education ,entertainment, and at times a necessity. Imagine if you will, standing in a foreign land. Unable to express your opinions, desires, and basic needs. Only to find yourself relying on symbols you have come to understand through the trial and error of others. This imagined thought you’re having was all too true for the men and women who lived as slaves not so long ago.
Learning to read means reading to learn. What you want. When you want. Don’t be downsized, replaced,or obsolete due to a lack of knowledge. Learn from whoever and whenever. Remember you’re never too old to learn, perhaps just too smart. Let the young dog teach the old one a trick or two. Better to have lived knowing.
The lack of shoes allowed her to identify with her pupil.
The woman on the porch is searching for her daughter (she obviously has an idea of where she might have gone).
The carving in the tree was a symbol use in quilting for the Underground Railroad. It means crossroad.
That hand in the window could mean a lot. I placed it there to mean one of three things . No right or wrong answer , just your opinion through your perception.
1. Helping her. Her look out. Warning her of someone approaching.
2. Wanting her to stop. Against the idea of learning due to fear of punishment .
3. Take me with you, I want to learn too. Teach me what you have learned.
This has been an experiment in narrative art perception. What did you see? Do you see a dictionary, or a bible?