2015

An Excerpt of 25 Microaggressions

The idea behind the inception of An Excerpt of 25 Microaggressions is simple: a distillation of small sketches and aggrandizing quotes from my past. "Microaggressions,” loosely defined as any inadvertent act of sexism, racism, or homophobic directed at another person, are easily interwoven into the everyday fabric of my life. As such, I had more than a few examples at my disposal when starting on this project; twenty-eight years of being an awkward white woman in rural Indiana gave me more than enough ammunition. After some editing down, I chose twenty-five microaggressive actions from the age of six until mere weeks before the inception of the project and distilled each memory into one quote and an object that encapsulated the event in my mind. Sometimes, it was the face of the person who stated the slight; other times, it was a piece of clothing; still others and they were signs from where the event took place. All of them were specific to me but general to the populace, only given a semblance of context when placed in proximity to the quote that I chose. Once illustrated, I assembled each painting in a grid format in chronological format, the quote didactic placed directly underneath each image for context – or, depending on the image, lack thereof.


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An Excerpt of 25 Microaggressions
An Excerpt of 25 Microaggressions