My mixed media painting series, Runaway: Going, Going, Gone, is inspired by the discovery of “Wanted” advertisements from the late 1700s and early to late 1800s. These advertisements describe runaway enslaved people of African descent in, sometimes minute, details. Descriptions of hair color and styles, clothes, complexion, scars, size, and demeanor conjure vivid images in real and tangible ways. This painting series is a commemoration of our survival and our ability to thrive under the most adverse beginnings. It is also an invitation for viewers to reflect on the importance of remembering those who have come before us. Remembering the price they had to pay to survive. Remembering what it means to be free.

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Runaway - Jack 1730Runaway - Will 1771Runaway - Simsbury 1774Runaway - Mary 1793Runaway - Jesse 1803Runaway Nelly 1809