My current work explores the themes of white privilege, interracial relationships, social inequality, identity politics, and place.
I reflect on my personal experience with race and attempt to answer the question of how race has affected my life. I began my exploration by painting on my studio wall a central circle representing me. I added numerous other circles documenting various significant relationships and experiences. I then photographed these wall paintings and stitched them together in Photoshop to create a type of family tree that records these important events in my life.
This project reflects my personal journey and so it will continue to grow and expand for many years to come. It touches on my identity as a white male, the influence of people who surround me, and the communities I have lived, particularly Oakland which I now call home. Many of these topics are reflections of my experience living in the diverse Bay Area, which makes this project pertinent to this exhibition.
Ultimately, the work is an attempt to understand how race impacts our larger society by examining the individual experience. As I continue to explore this topic, I hope those who view my work will reflect on what their bubbles may be regarding race.