Wheel of Fortune II (Domestic Balance series)
Collection Sam Houston University, TX
acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 in.
For The Domestic Balance series, I mine the decorative fabric patterning tradition characteristic of toile, and adapt its narratives of pastoral bliss (and occasional social stratification). I re-configure them, utilizing the simplistic international figuration of pedestrian signs to create social tableaus drawn from familiar images in art, architecture or pictographs, etc. My acknowledgement of social change over time is reflected in the shifting of fortune from image to image. In, Domestic Balance/ Wheel of Fortune, I deploy the familiar Vitruvian figure. Here the figure is racialized and multiplied to resemble spinners on a wheel in a tableau that depicts the disparities in urban/suburban development.