My interest in the work of Romare Bearden stems from his chronicling and celebration of black culture. He was one of the first artists that I was exposed to as a student, and his work has had a profound effect on mine. Its cultural, social, political and historic impact cannot be denied. For The Bearden Project, I wanted to create a work that focuses on the cultural and the celebratory aspects of his work. I always loved how he used jazz as a source of inspiration, in works such as Jammin’ at the Savoy (1980). My contribution, Dizzy (2012), is consistent with a series of collages I made that celebrate important figures in black culture, and is inspired by the color and energy embodied in Bearden’s powerful work.
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