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Artist ID: 2531

The year 2020 has brought to the fore many monsters that have been hiding in plain sight for generations. One of these “monsters” is the human ability to manipulate words.

We have turned our planet into a dumpster fire and outsourced thought to the colors red and blue. Instant gratification rules the day. Cult like groups have infested the internet, giving rise to the rejection of even the most basic of truths. Do we no longer have the mental capacity to filter information? Could it be that we have lost the ability to have civil discourse?

Purpose and meaning, in the art world, are lost within the aether of academia. In its place, the “Non Objective.” A term that leads many artists speeding down the road of irrelevance. A place where trivial matters of form, color and “process” dominate the conversation. What then is the purpose of this “white” painting”?

This white belongs to gallery walls and government buildings. The white lies politicians hide behind. It’s the color of prison uniforms and buses, and the KKK. It’s the white out that camouflages the great sin of slavery and Manifest Destiny. The fog of the mind which rejects self evaluation. The covering up of actual culture with a manufactured superficial one. This white is the wall few break through and the barrier to the common man’s right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

No two beings can occupy the exact same space at the same time. Therefore, every perceived reality is different. If one understands consciousness to be a dimension in of itself, perhaps humanity exists as infinite realities/dimensions interacting with each other all at once. Who then defines what the collective reality and or thought should be?

The inspiration for this work is my own dyslexia as well as a nerve injury I sustained in 2012, which affects both of my arms. This piece is a visual depiction of my own reality. I have used my dyslexia as a strength and taught myself how to draw with my opposite hand. These are only two examples of the many creative solutions that have drastically changed my life.

Winfred Hawkins
Graphic Designer/Artist
b. August 19,1983
Montgomery, Al
BFA. Savannah College of Art and Design

Winfred Hawkins started drawing at an early age. He developed his drafting skills by watching his father and copying animals from nature books. “I was basically a copying machine. I would draw just about anything you put in front of me.”

After suffering from a nerve injury in 2012, affecting both arms, he has considerably changed his style to incorporate the use of both hands. Winfred mostly uses his non-dominant, right hand, for sketching, but sometimes paints an entire work. The left hand he reserves for work that is more involved, in style, as well as subject matter. With this technique, Winfred creates original characters, incorporating them into his own unique mythology and art style.

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