My last case study for the semester looks at the works of Tschabalala Self. I was drawn to her use of shapes in illustrating a free Black woman's body. Her style is a bit collage-like which is a style that I have used outside of academia but have wanted to incorporate in to pieces I am currently working on. Working through this case study and focusing on the implications of material and image Self uses, I hope to bring justice to the materials that I choose to use in my pieces.
This case study is my second time studying Dawn Lundy Martin. She is an amazing poet who walks me through my own subconscious thoughts that I've thought so often I don't think of them anymore because it hurts to think of them. My first time studying her, I became so heavy with thought I could not express or interpret what I'd felt. I was confronted with all of the ways I push dealing with subtle and overt racist acts to the back of my mind. How I put on a brave face to face a world that will call me what and assume of me what they have been taught to assume of me and the strength (and annoyance) it takes to get not only myself over that hurdle, but the mind of the assumer over it as well in over to simply live. The racist eyes of a cashier when I need tampons for example. It pains me. I wanted to face this and work to interpret it not only though me art, but through my everyday life. What is the best way to deal with the inevitable? Is my body ever allowed to be mine? If it cannot protect me from elements, such as subtle racism, is it a body?