Blood Multimedia Paintings

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Most Recent Work





 

Nodder Doll/ Living Doll

 

Nodder Doll

work in progress
 



                                                           NRA Official Target
                                                          Multimedia assemblage
                                                                        2016
                                                                    23 x 15 x 8
 
 
 
 
NRA Official Target detail A


                                              
                                                                NRA Official Target detail B





                                                                                            
                                                                            


 

Blackacademy Award
2016
20 x 9 x 5.5




                                                        Blackademy Award (detail A)




 
Blackcademy Award (detail B)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


                                                              Black is the New Orange
                                            multimedia assemblage with animal trap on top 

                                                                          2016
                                                                   23 x 9 x 7.5









                                                                               

                                                              Black is the New Orange
                                            multimedia assemblage with animal trap on top 

                                                                   23 x 9 x 7.5,



                                                                              



                                                                       
                                                                 Black is the New Orange
                                          Multimedia assemblage with animal trap on top (detail) 

                                                                   23 x 9 x 7.5




                                                                                

                   

                                                                      
                                                               Oh!, Say Can You See?
                                                             multimedia assemblage

                                                                          2016
                                                                  37 x 13 x 13 2016




 

 

 
                                                       Oh!, Say Can You See?
                                                                      (detail)


 

 

 

 

 




 


                                                                 American Made
                                                              multimedia assemblage

                                                                           2016
                                                                      17 x 17 x 12





                                                                                 

                                                                   American Made
                                                        multimedia assemblage (detail)
                                                                   17 x 17 x 12




 

 

Don't Lose Your Head
Multimedia Assemblage
                                                                             2016
26 x 9.5 x 5

 

 

 


 

Don't Lose Your Head detail

 

 

 


 

 

The Time Is Now
Multimedia Assemblage
2016

26 x 9.5 x 5 2016

 

 

 


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
                                                                      World View
                                                            Multimedia assemblage
                                                                           2017
                                                                  23.5 x 16 x 11
 
 
 
 

                                                                Questions Later 
                                                            Multimedia assemblage
                                                                  18x 14.5 x 12
                                                                           2018

                                                                             
                                                                       






                                                                                     
                                                                  
                                                                                   
                                                                   Questions Later
                                                                         (detail) 
 

                                                                                 
                                                                                  


 
                                                                                                                                                              


                                                      Lady Liberty of the Confederacy
                                                                     (on weight scale)

                                                                            2017
                                                                       21 x 6.5 x 6
                                                       Featured at the Froelick Gallery
                                                                     Portland, Oregon



                                                
                                                               Dixie (fied) Liberty
                                                                 (on weight scale)
                                                                        2017
    
                                                               16 x 6.25 x 6
                                                 Featured at the Froelick Gallery
                                                             Portland, Oregon





                                                                   





                                                            




                                                                          Dissed
                                                            Multimedia assemblage
                                                                          2017
                                                                   14.5 x 5 ¾ x 9




                                                                     Dissed (detail)






                                  

Living Doll


 

 



 

American Obsession
Multimedia oil with object floating canvas
2016
96 x 60

 

 

 




 

American Obsession
Multimedia oil with object floating canvas detail
96 x 60
 

 

 


 

At McColl Center for Innovation Pop-up Residency

Charlotte, NC

 June, 2016 where I created this multimedia painting

Unknowingly completed it the morning of the Orlando massacre

 


 Addition made at the Headlands Center for the Arts
Sausalito, CA
New and larger chain wrapped around the smaller cinched waist and attached to AK 47

 





 

That Strange Fruit
multimedia oil with chain
2017
60 x 48 x 2

 

 



 


                                          

                                                                                                                         
                                      




                                                                        That Strange Fruit
                                                                                (detail)
                                                             






 



Reclaiming My Time
48x48x2
Multimedia Oil and collage on panel
2018
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Reclaiming My Time
Left side
 
 
 
 
 


 Reclaiming My Time
Right side

 

                                                                   Reclaiming My Time
                                                                         detail right side

 

Nodder Doll-Living Doll 2016-18

Willie Little
Artist & Storyteller


The nodder doll (bobble head) picaninny banks, made of ceramic and chalk were in the Japan in the 1950's, marketed and sold to white America as a novelty, a souvenir; as Black Americana. With this exhibition, I defiantly reclaim, re-present and ornately embellish them; to elevate and celebrate their beauty from the ill-conceived form of degradation they originally were created to represent. My attempt is create multimedia assemblage and paintings as the dolls become a trumpet or a mouth piece, speaking to the subversive nature of racism in the past and present.


The inspiration for this work started as I began to think of all the American fixes or backlashes ( from subtle to overt) to the official ending of slavery in the United States on June 19th, 1965 (Juneteenth). The election of the 45th President could possibly be one of the most prominent fixes/backlashes to date.


The assemblages sit proudly beside large-scale figurative portrait-like paintings on canvas and wood panel. The work hints and suggests the pieces could be living, breathing modern day adult manifestations of today's Black woman as they reclaim certain stereotypes. The 1950s nodder doll clutched fruits such as the banana/ apple or watermelon for pure disrespectful, stereotypical comic relief. What does the modern day Black woman clutch/embrace as symbolic of today's real-life issues or struggles? Are they objects to be adored or feared?


This work in my observation attempts to respond to the fact that the black woman can so proudly rise to say, “I am no longer your mammy,” as she practically raised America in up to the 20th Century. It responds to gender and racial dehumanization, mass incarceration and gun violence; it responds to the fact that black woman in her resilience to all the challenges, came out in droves to help a democrat win an election in the divisive Alabama election in 2017. She is a woman who loves America more than it loves her. Through layered satire, this body of work suggests that mainstream America see beyond a monolithic group. She is a soul who should be honored with respected with well-deserved status.


From mantle, to magazine cover, to board room, to branches of the government, to First Lady, the Black woman has evolved to more than a novelty. Her beauty, images and strength transport us from nodder doll, to a living, breathing representation of contemporary beauty.


As I reclaim and represent the dolls, some of the insulting and degrading fruits the they clutch become symbols of liberation. The apple becomes a fruit of knowledge, while banana instead of a reference to blacks being reduced to monkeys, becomes a symbol of good and essential things in life, such as relations, love as well as fertility. However, the illusive watermelon has an interesting history. Free black people grew, ate, and sold watermelons, and in doing so made the fruit a symbol of their freedom.


Southern whites, threatened by blacks’ newfound freedom, responded by making the fruit a symbol of black people’s perceived uncleanliness, laziness, childishness, and unwanted public presence. This stereotype continues to have a bittersweet aftertaste; as it represents the American machine of racism. Some of the compositions suggest/depict inner strength, resilience as she is “getting it done,” surviving, in the midst of all the racial baggage she, the Black woman carries. This work attempts to invoke the notion to look beyond the stereotype to see and embrace the beauty of the hue and see the value in the woman of color as she maneuvers through living and surviving in a racist 21st century world. 




Willie Little
www.willielittle.com

@willielittleart

 This is a work in progress, and still continues. The solo exhibition is scheduled to open at the SFMOM Artist's Gallery at Fort Mason, San Francisco in April 2018.


Willie Little

Artist & Storyteller



 


Willie Little
www.willielittle.com

@willielittleart

Instagram willielittleart1234


 
 
 
 




Willie Little
Artist & Storyteller
www.willielittle.com
@willielittleart

Instagram willielittleart1234





Charlotte Viewpoint article
On Willie Little: Proof of Promises Kept click link below