Artist Statement: White Girl
At an early age I was exposed to a derogatory statement that would change how I viewed myself forever. It was through a family member that I became painfully aware that my skin color was supposed to dictate how I sounded when I spoke. Speaking properly disqualified me from being an African American because only “white people” were allowed to sound educated. This series is the result of years of trying to make sense of a statement and realizing that ignorance simply doesn’t make sense.
Does it make me a white girl because I like sushi and Starbucks lattes? Skin color is a result of DNA, so how does it get to dictate what music I am allowed to listen to or how I wear my hair. Each image in this series presents a very specific, everyday situation and asks: if one’s skin color determines their actions, where does it end?
The two images above were additional images that are still being worked on and will eventually become a part of the series.