“Oppression is a relational phenomenon” – Dr. Joy
Dr. Melanie Joy has done a lot of work to explain the psychology behind oppression. She states that oppression is an issue of how we relate to one another. Therefore, if we heal how we relate to one another, issues of oppression will cease to exist. One of the biggest aspects of oppression’s problematic nature is that it is cyclical. An oppressed group of people will rebel against and oppress their oppressor, and so on and so forth. This piece’s symbolism touches upon each facet of how we psychologically anticipate and propagate oppression.
The Relational Phenomenon, created during SWARM’s 2020 residency, is about the psychology of oppression. The backbone of our American society functions off of the backs of black and brown people. Wool pulls snuggly over the eyes of mainstream culture and the abundant white American population. The white men who invaded, ravaged and pillaged the beautiful American landscape and its people are the ones who tell us about our history. Reparations are the only way to account for the damage done across several generations. That is why 25% of all profits will benefit The Aura House, a black-owned holistic mental health collective uplifting black and brown women.
This collection was drawn with Faber & Castell brush pens on bristol paper, then shaded with Daler Rowney graphite pencils. All pieces are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
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