Title: Cool Pose
Medium: Charcoal on drawing paper
Drawing Size: 8×10″
Matted and Framed, Outer Dimensions: 11×14″ – matted with black wooden frame and double white mat, under standard glass. Hinge hardware on back of frame for wall mounting (framing shown in situ).
This charcoal drawing is of the artist’s oldest son, Izaiah and is also a more universal representation of a young Black male entering adulthood. At first glance, the hand gesture may seem to be a fist or a number one, but at second glance it is a playful hand sign – a cool pose. Young Black males in America are expected to have swag, and this social pressure intersects with the underlying stereotype of a Black male being a physical threat. Navigating social expectations and racial stereotypes while discovering a sense of self and independent life responsibilities is a lot to put on a young person at this pivotal age. This portrait captures a piece of this experience.