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34.5x58", oil stick, conte charcoal, pastel on paper bags, framed
Ian's Cry was featured in Sisson's solo exhibition Ivory Gold Slaves in fall 2016. The exhibition documented the progression of individuals entering a group of “others” and considers perception through gestural and aggressive strokes. Linking Sisson’s own Nigerian heritage with his personal politics of contemporary and historical events, the progression of this narrative reveals the demonization of the “other” through the eyes of an outsider via the deepening barbarisms of the abstract forms.
This piece is painted entirely on repurposed brown paper bags. Sisson was drawn to found material during his time working construction in Alaska, where access to materials were extremely limited. This piece gives us a glimpse into his unorthodox introduction into painting, foregoing art school in exchange for working at UPS after being trained in childhood by his former painter mother. Sisson revels in the notion of recontextualizing low to high and undermining contrived and rigid expectation. Using paper-packing materials to address context, we are invited to question the notion of training, as Sisson playfully nods to UPS and construction working as his.
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