"HIS LIFE MATTERS" by LAURA MARSHALL
The social relevance of Laura Marshall's work is no coincidence and the fact that it follows in line with the "Black Lives Matter Movement" is no coincidence either. Marshall is a modern day freedom fighter and activist fighting through her art form to bring awareness to subjects people sometimes avoid. She is brilliant in her technique and ways in which she incorporates her abstract expressionism with both her figural studies however that is for another discussion.
What we are focusing on here is her way she communicates her social-conscious themes. In the piece "His Life Matters" which focuses on the power of the African-American people and the meaning behind the eyes of the piece. In the exhibit "Skin" at LAMAG: the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, the theme had the same connection to the movement. Though I felt many of the pieces, because of their esoteric nature, were lost in translation. In Laura Marshall's compositions she holds fast to the ideals connected to the movement and strengthens the role of all African-American people. The eyes once again show compassion and deep feelings which are conveyed to the viewers who feel a sense of solidarity to the solitary individual in the piece, "His Life Matters."
The melding of expressionist dashes give a sense of mystery and spreading of the ideas out to the world. This abstract nature of the piece also shows the complexity and duality the individual plays in society. If the society chooses to ignore the relevant topic further in both police activity and government responsibility the backlash continues to worsen and degrade the U.S. indelibly.
Laura takes these poignant themes and infuses them into her work making her a strong adversary for change in a world that seems stuck in it's ways. She is a strong woman fighting for human rights and painting these themes in an eloquent and striking manner leaving us many afterthoughts to contemplate well after the rubble has cleared.
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