Thirsty in Brooklyn

Thirsty in Brooklyn. 24 v 48". Oil on canvas.  By Cat Jones

Thirsty in Brooklyn.
24 v 48″.
Oil on canvas.
By Cat Jones

 

This is the latest iteration of a piece I started just a little over a year ago, concerning a dark night of the soul experienced on a ledge over Brooklyn in the fall of 2015. A nod to Saint John.

Emmett Till (Collateral Damage III)

Emmett Till. 16 x 20". Oil on canvas. By Cat Jones

Emmett Till.
16 x 20″.
Oil on canvas.
By Cat Jones

I just finished this one, for the Collateral Damage collection. The intention with this one is to show this child, in a pose of innocent expectation (from a photograph taken shortly before he was killed), smiling and unaware of what awaited… against the looming and shadowy background of racial hatred and evil that he did not even realize he was up against. This child’s murder was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, and my hope is that something in this painting might move its audience to recognize that the forces at work in the background then are moving again through backgrounds (and foregrounds) now. I want you to want to be on the right side of history right now. I want you to save the next child who is, even now, smiling innocently into a lens somewhere… While the KKK is looming in the background. (The models for the hooded klansmen? Ignorant cowards who were preparing to attend a pro-Trump “victory” march. Don’t pretend this isn’t happening. It is.)

Emmett Till was 14 years old when he was lynched in Mississippi for allegedly flirting with a white woman. He was from Chicago, but went on a trip with his great uncle to visit cousins in Mississippi. His mother had reportedly warned Emmett, before he left, to be cautious down south, as the climate of violent racism was much different there than what he was accustomed to in the north.

On August 24, 1955, 3 days after arriving in Mississippi, Emmett and his cousin went with some friends to a local market to buy candy, Continue reading