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Blue People
Art 

by
Dedria H. Barker

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Dr. Richard Wendorf

Ms. Mary Jane Humphries

Ms. Jacquelynn Borden Conyers

 Ms. Lisa Bond Brewer

Ms. Theresa Vann

Blue Owl Coffee

Capital Imaging

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Artist Statement

My project Blue People is my view of mass incarceration in the U.S., and the situations it presents for people who live behind walls of all kinds.

 

We are all prisoners of something, from aardvarks in the zoo, to families eating pizza.

 

Black and brown people are especially targeted for lock-up of our bodies, minds and feelings. Because of skin color. Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow (2010), ratcheted-up my awareness of mass incarceration. I had to put that book down several times before I finished it.

 

The breathtaking-feeling that I was in the belly of the beast was overwhelming. When I started to draw during the 2020 COVID pandemic, my work started channeling my understanding and feelings about being a prisoner in ordinary life situations, and brick and mortar prisons.

Still, my art is different and fresh, engaging without being fatiguing. That is important -- no, it’s essential to people's lives.

 

My palette references African kente cloth; and popular and folk culture touchstones in American video, music, and theater. And is influenced by Kokopelli, a Native American fertility deity, Jon Lockard (1932 -2015), Titus Kaphar; Georgia O’Keefe, African America artists Grace Kisa and Elizabeth Catlett, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and Camille Sproesser of Argentina.

Originals

The Arts

Helping Hand
 

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Serving Time

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Free

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Heavy Lift

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Slippery Slope
 

Three Strikes

Three Strikes

Prints

Price list

Originals 

Free

9x12 Matted $125.

 

Helping Hand

9x12 Matted $125 

 

Heavy Lift

9x12 Matted $125

Serving Time

9x12 Matted $125.

 

Three Strikes

9x12 Matted  $125

Slippery Slope 

 12 x 12 Matted  $125

 

Prints

 

Shower, Print 

18x24 Matted $110.

 

Speedometer 

18 x24 Matted $110.

18x24 Unmatted $90


Pizza

12x12 Matted $100.

Under the Jail

9x12 Unmatted $90.

 

Judgement

18x24 Matted $110.

 

9x12 Unmatted $90.  

 

Trampoline 

12x12 Matted $90.

Speedometer

Speedometer

 

Pizza

Pizza
 

Trampoline
Judgement

Judgement
 

Trampoline
 

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Shower  
 

Underthe jail

Under the Jail

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