one of the principle ideas of the bauhaus was the concept that artists could bring about a desired social condition through the creation of a new visual environment
especially through the design of objects for daily use
- so -
as a visual artist I endeavor to bring about this same
desired social condition by creating functional assemblages that tell tales of particular african-american historical phenomenon and create objects that illuminate
both past and present events allowing the work to serve as
a spiritual and intellectual reminder so that these
experiences are not forgotten.
in essence, my assemblages are designed to teach
my work is political and therefore vital.
it requires skilled craftsmanship.
by avoiding pretense, absorbing myself in the history of
the visual art, music, and literature of african peoples
in the americas and by demonstrating respect for both the
objects and the tools required to create and combine them
and, most importantly, with a little grace and the
spiritual blessings of my ancestors I shall persevere,
with all due respect and humility, in spite of myself.
- mark broyard