“…I seemed to run swiftly up an incline and shot forward with sudden acceleration into a wet blast of black emptiness that was somehow a bath of whiteness”
– Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man, Random House, Inc., 1952
The inspiration for this illustration comes from Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man”, a novel that analyzes a black man’s efforts to survive in 1950s America. I first read this novel in high school and was instantly gravitated towards the narrator’s emotional struggles, as many of mine resembled his. I enjoy symbolism and used a combination of digital and physical elements to support and bedizen the final piece.
Initial concepting for this illustration was created with Adobe Illustrator in 2019 as a Digital Media Art’s student at Hamline University. Originally, “White Washed” was created as an alternate book cover for an assignment. Supporting details which include framing, screen printing, and painting were added in the spring of 2022.