By now if your following my work or past Blogs you may have heard me mention the City that l am from, Baltimore. Since youth, I have represented the city in which I was born- running through her streets and alleys and now a Global representative.
While working on this installment I was asked by a friend during her transitional move to California, how it feels to be back home.
This particular question has become quite popular since my return (my least favorite question to ponder). Yet, without a second thought, I heard words shoot out of my mouth replying...
I have been home for almost two weeks, and the flashbacks of feeling the vibration of America as the plane literally entered the Country's Airspace. The time and space away gave a greater perspective towards the worlds problems or should I say pattern of problems. There are twice as many similarities as there are differences Globally. Patterns of self destruction and corruption. People as a whole are still effected by History...
During my travels I kept my ear to the streets and researched information projected by the media. Doing all I could do to Mentally Escape a society that functions in such a negative manner. I began to not fall but be vacuumed down the social rabbit whole. Knowledge can become a burden in this world.
The contrast between my street education and the information given to me in college shows that the reality of my people and the so called higher education system is flawed in its views. The overall history that has brought the culture from where we were to where we are seems to be a repetitive pattern that is leading us as a people no where.
Our Modern world makes me not want to bring a child into it. Growing up, I felt a target on me before I could spell the word. Reinsuring that the Mental Warfare I face today has been backed by history. I ask you, is it selfish to protect a child from a country/world that monetizes life?
Between home and homeland during my creative retreat of peace, I was informed about Black males being murdered and hunted. What have we learned from it?
The same actions have taken place before I was born. The original creation of American police hasn't transitioned to protect & serve. Time changed but the focus and overall agenda has only changed in words. Protect Serve, it's crazy to think I could trust the Germany Police before coming close to forming the same for those of home. I grew up personally experiencing the things we are globally horrified or left speechless viewing via video. Shame on this World for having to see to believe and become sickened to began to a create concrete change.
It's going on 3 weeks back, first week I visited a few family, friends and funerals then tried to rest. Knowing that (jet lag) would be looking for me... She can and will creep up on you. I haven't started painting yet, thought I would have by now. Mentally my creativity is ready to tell stories a piece together lessons learned.
For now remaining observant, getting back to (#studiolife) looking over hundreds of my paintings depicting our future while reflecting history. Challenging my self to find a home for them all.
Today I made time in my schedule to visit a good friend that got caught up in the trap of the American Judicial System. Blessings to All that face any type of bondage. You don't have to be behind bars to be in prisoned.