We are just taught to value beauty in women more than men, so we celebrate female beauty more and are exposed to many, many more images of female beauty than male beauty. But male beauty exists and I want to celebrate and see more of it. I want to see more images of prettified men, men with gentle expressions, men with flowers in their hair, men in delicate clothing, men holding cute animals, men with long hair or detailed hairstyles, men in pastels, men looking and feeling beautiful. Men and boys can be soft, pretty, cute, lovely, sweet, gentle, and delicate.
Black men are my brothers, father, family, friends, and colleagues. Black men are more than the hyper-sexualized and violent individuals portrayed by society. In this body of work, I seek to explore the vulnerability, power, and humanity of black masculinity. I want the viewer to become directly involved in the observed domestic environment of the subject. I do this by painting each man in an intimate relationship to his environment. Each subject has a mood, essence, and experience. Inspired by an original vintage photograph of a man doing a handstand on the beach, Equilibrating combines paper collage, a painted target, photographic transfer, gold leaf, and an matte epoxy resin surface.