As Symbol & Concept

Sourcing archival photographs as reference, As Symbol & Concept wields a palette of monochromatic black materials to reconstruct figurative symbols of blackness and black life on canvas.

Whether referenced as a color, concept, or identity, Black remains a complex and layered symbol profoundly rooted in cultural and social contexts. This conceptual fluidity deeply evinces the modalities of Black life’s persistence across time.

Heard’s oscillating markings range from gestural brushstrokes to cross-hatchings to smudgings that coalesce, drawing linkages between the duality of objective and subjective perceptions of Blackness.

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