“I am an undergraduate student in the Printmaking program at the University of North Texas. I have experience with various intaglio processes using copper, but this is my first mezzotint. The process of rocking the plate was time consuming, but the rich black is well worth it. I have enjoyed the reductive approach to drawing and the subtle values that are possible with this technique.
Conceptually, this is new territory for me as an artist. As a white man in America, the topic of race is uncomfortable and even good intentions are often misguided and misunderstood, so I welcome any and all feedback on both form and content. This print is about racial oppression and cultural appropriation in the United States. It is supposed to resemble the kid’s game of “Indian Rug Burn” taken to an extreme point in which the arm is being violently wrung out. This is to symbolize the ongoing, systemic violence against people of color in the United States and also the way white Americans intentionally or ignorantly steal from minority cultures.
I am planning on working the plate until there is a more obvious skin tone difference between the hands and the arm, which will hopefully communicate the message more clearly. However, even with more work, I know that the image may be too vague to communicate the specific idea that inspired it.”