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'Dark Meat, Play Thangs'
'Dark Meat, Play Thangs'
acrylic on paper
19 x 24
2016


Over much of my art career I have been researching and creating work related to the crimes of Jeffrey Dahmer. In countless interviews with psychiatric doctors, police investigator and journalists Dahmer denied race as a motivating factor in his sexual assaults, murder, and cannibalism. Though, ten of Dahmer's seventeen victims were black men (eleven if you include Tracy Edwards who escaped and helped end Dahmer's killing spree). My work around this is an attempt to give voice to these victims, while exploring black sexuality and desire--the motivation behind Dahmer's cannibalism was, I believe driven by an inner conflict over his desire for black men while holding white supremacist ideologies. Through the case of Jeffrey Dahmer, I explore notions desire/repulsion and savagery---in history to the present. As well as, perceptions of so-called civilized behavior, which, historically has been visually synonymous with whiteness.