Broken Shadows  

Broken Shadows is an ongoing series that I began during San Francisco’s 2020 mandatory shelter-in-place order and broadly references the positives and negatives of the silkscreens I use to create a lot of my work. The impetus of the project was to keep busy—I told myself that I would create a new work every one and a half days to stabilize my art practice during quarantine. Eventually, Broken Shadows evolved into a project that allowed me to reuse my large archive of silkscreens to continue the conversations about diaspora, place, and identity--ideas that are central in my practice. The central challenge in this project is using my older work to create images that speak to the immediacy of 2020s racially fraught atmosphere.  The re-use of material mirrors the cyclical nature of history; the resulting works are one-of-a-kind images that layer the past with the present to remind us of their inextricable link. 

 

All work are one of a kind images and printed on vintage assembled ledger paper.

Selections from this series is on display at SF Museum of Modern Art, from March - September 2021.

My works from this series were presented by EQUINOM gallery, and was also presented in Hatch, a program series curated by re.riddle for the launch of Villa San Francisco—a new cultural institution that reimagines the original concept of villas by advancing beyond the conventional artists-in-residency. A project of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., co-produced with the Consulate General of France in San Francisco and the French American Cultural Society—with the support of the Institut Français, Paris—Villa San Francisco aims to lead a future-driven dialogue between artists and communities.

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© 2021 Rodney Ewing

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