"The Resume - Freeman the Shoemaker "
mixed media
35" x 49"




"The Resume - Emily the Seamstress "
mixed media
35" x 49"

The Resume is the latest installment in my 'Plantation' series. The goal is to have about 20 pieces of art for exhibition that tells the story of the enslaved through the use of modern iconography and concepts to form a connection with the past. The resume is obviously based on the fugitive slave ads placed by many slave owners to secure their property. When I see them, I see a disgruntled worker fed up with his working conditions and without notice decided it was time to move on. Happens all the time with only one exception, we secretly send out resumes ahead of time and try to find another job to transition into. Why shouldn't a slave have done the same thing if it was available to them? Makes sense to me.

Just in case someone thinks I was purposely trying to be funny and mean in the descriptions of the slaves, the text used on the art is taken directly from fugitive slave ads. Slaves were not allowed to read or write so it makes sense that they would use the descriptions of themselves as reference in their fictitious resumes. The only thing I changed was the pronoun usage.