In the series Nodder Doll/ Living Doll, the nodder dolls …bobble head-picaninny banks, made of ceramic and chalk.. were made in Japan in the 1950s. They were marketed and sold to white America as a novelty representing Black Americana.
“I defiantly reclaim, re-present them; to elevate and celebrate their beauty from the ill-conceived form of degradation they originally represent.” Willie Little
Archer Gallery @ Clark College in Vancouver, WA. America’s Whispered Truths is an exhibition consisting of work by Renee Billingslea and Willie Little compiling work from both of them with the goal to address some of America’s social dilemmas on Race & Black Lives Matter.
Words, they can sting, can hurt. This installation is a metaphorical and spiritual journey to enlightenment. We must take to heal the divides of race and class in America.
Where I grew up Black and white farms stood side by side divided by fence. Things said about race, on one side of the fence, were equally said on the other; just never together
My family’s tobacco farm off Sticks Road, near Little Washington, NC, was a place where life seemed as rich, as the soil beneath our swollen feet…
They want to take America back? From whom? To where? At what cost? In the Hood exploits the KKK’s symbol of racism in America. According to Wikipedia, “the Ku Klux Klan informally known as the Klan or the “Hooded Order”, s the name of three distinct past and present far-right organizations in the United States.