Title: Strange Fruit
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Brush-varnished with UVL gloss, 1.5″ deep painted sides for modern display.
Bright colors suggest the ripeness of fruit, and a tree-like form stands at the left with a large branch cropping out to the right. A red object in a crucifixion posture hangs from the tree, mirrored by the red in the sky and other forms below. Countless head-like forms look on in grayish blue, while a singular human form lies in repose at the far bottom right corner. This is in memory of all those who were killed during the lynching era, when trees in the American South bore “strange fruit.” This is a tribute to those who were innocent of any crime and faced the angry mob up til their final moments. The abstraction of the image enables remembrance without further traumatization.