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Sheltering-in-Place: Day 138

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BLACK LIVES MATTER
“Working with deconstructed canvases, self-constructed tools, and smoke allow [Daphne Arthur] to exert her energies in divergent directions but yet maintain the important narratives....”
—Shantay Robinson, Black Art in America

 

I'm relieved that Shantay Robinson talked about how varied Daphne Arthur's work is so that I can focus on how friggin' haunting it is. Regardless of medium, her representation and use of light create a sort of inviting glowing coldness. It's like an invitation that one wants to accept even though it isn't an entirely comfortable experience. The work is surreal, realist, abstract, and exploratory. It changes to fit her topic or thought. I have great respect for that.