RASTA-MAN IN DREAM-2016 32 X 38 Inches
Culture and society impose identities on us daily and over the centuries. Nevertheless, many black men moving back towards their African roots had to portray a cosmetic identity that allowed them to survive in a world ruled by money and wealth. In this piece the Rastaman is deep in contemplation, looking upon himself and his identity, both physical and spiritual, as he searches for his place in the world, as a man displaced by his captors, but also as a man who knows his abode lies back at the African Coast. He looks at the way his people were emasculated as slaves, strengthening his quest for male identity, yet by looking at his face, one can see how his features are feminized by bright colors resembling makeup. In this comparison, the rasta-man does not need to be powerful in his masculinity, but he finds his power in his willingness to dream.