Slavery and the Constitution

The reverence and brilliance with which the Constitution is regarded casts a glow upon it that often deflects scrutiny. But seeing race play out over and over on the contemporary scene I became more and more fascinated with the origins of our race problem. I’ve read the Constitution three times over the last few years along with various other books about our history. However I found that when I went to explain or point out a fact to another I lacked the language to make my point. Therefore I thought it important enough to write about. As an American I respect the Constitution. But I felt a need to understand how Freedom with its high ideals could co-exist with slavery and the treatment of Native American Indians. Also I wanted to know how our past effects what is happening today. These remain questions that I want to understand better. I’ve come to respect diversity as a pillar of life, diversity in Persons, diversity in Culture, diversity in Nature. Slavery is alluded to four times in the Constitution. It is important to know that the word “slavery” is never mentioned. It’s quite possible that if you were to read the Constitution and were given a quiz, you would never have recognized that slavery was Constitutional or even referred to. The founders that crafted this document went out of their way to make sure they did not draw attention to the institution of slavery, but that it was accounted for and provided for nonetheless. Of course in our current time Amendments to the Constitution have made the original clauses on slavery...

draw erase

Draw Erase 22X30 inches graphite, watercolor on paper 15X20 inches on board 24X18 inches on board 16X24 inches...

three fifths

The Constitution alludes to slavery four times without mentioning it directly. One citation is the “…three fifths of all other persons” clause. In this case “all other persons” refers to slaves. These pictures represent physically the approximate body weight of three fifths a person or 60 percent of the human body.   small watercolor and ink...

Canvases

acrylic, graphite, watercolor, decollage on canvas 36X60 inches graphite, watercolor, collage, acrylic and ink on canvas 36X60 inches graphite, collage, acrylic on canvas 36X60...

War Limit?

War Limit silkscreens on studio wall, edition about 50 or so Original drawing using acryli , chalk and gouache Finished drawing for use as silk screen model Variation on a theme Linocut just for kicks finished silk screen in print drawer “God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”    Mark...

The making of Paradox

22X30 inch graphite and watercolor on paper Collage from vintage photo and magazine model lips Draw spoon Paint lips Draw lips Then collage lips onto paper and add word “I’m like a real paradox. Because I’m a very serious person, and I take my work very seriously. But I wrap it up in a court jester and a clown and make people laugh and make them feel good about themselves.” Richard...