Saturday, July 16, 2011
Underground Railroad Exhibition
This installation was featured in the Underground Railroad Exhibition at Northern Kentucky University - an exhibition co-sponsored by the Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was timed to coincide with the opening of the Freedom Center in 2004. The title of this installation - "Conceal As You Heal" - is a slogan taken directly off of the packaging of Ebonaide brand bandaids (the dark brown bandaids used in my work). The installation consists of a 6' x 9' plastic sheet of bandaids stretched tautly across one corner of the gallery. From the exterior, only light skin tones are visible. The interior space brings the viewer into close contact with the "buried" dark brown bandaids, along with photos on the wall of people of various skin tones wearing the brown bandaids. The plastic sheet of bandaids uses the same "palette" of bandaids established in my earlier work "Forty Acres of Bandaids".