European Africana (1/5) Drawing by Jackson Averill

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European Africana (1/5)

Jackson Averill

United States

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Size: 6 W x 6 H x 0.1 in

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Drawing: Ballpoint Pen, Marker, Ink on Paper.

This series is about my white guilt. I wanted to explore why I felt ashamed of the way white people have depicted other cultures artistically. When looking into European art history, I compared a European artist’s depiction of a Māori chief to the chief’s self-portrait. While the European’s focus is on creating surface “realism”, the chief drew only the Moko on his face as a representation of himself. To me, this was the difference between the two cultures: Europeans had put art into a box and labeled it as a form of entertainment separated from a larger culture, while the Māori culture had infused art into every aspect of their customs and lives.
I decided to create a postcard series which depicted African animals in a European style to illustrate the dynamic between white art and indigenous art. These postcards are visually pleasing and succeed in creating the illusion of a 3-dimensional space, but have extremely bland compositions and pay no attention to the uniqueness of the animals which are depicted.


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