A series on skin tone bandaids and flesh tone paint, 2020.
On August 24, 2020, after countless Black Lives Matter protests worldwide, 29-year-old Jacob Blake got shot in the back 7 times by the police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He survived but is in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Trump has caused the United Stats to be less and less 'united'. Alt right, white supremacy, racism, anti-black police violence, armed militias.... Joe Biden and Kamal Harris luckily became president and vice president elect. But will the most horrible president ever leave the White House? And will the Stars and Stripes ever be a symbol of unity again? Joe Biden promised to usher in ‘A Time To Heal’
More than 600 bandaids and 5 meters kinesiology tape on canvas, 49 x 22" (125 x 65 cm), 2020, private collection
Details. I love the brand TruColour.
Healing USA II, 260 bandaids, 20 x 12 inches (50 x 30 cm), 2020
THE ART COLLECTIVE POPINNART CORONA PROOF EXHIBITION
Special edition, 168 pages, 25 artists, 3 writers, book launch November 13, 2020. Read more.
I started this painting in the first week of May 2020, only 14 days before George Floyd was killed. And now we need more healing than ever. Hopefully the Black Lives Matter movement will result in less anti-black police violence and new policy to end racism.
Oil on raw linen, 24 x 27” (60 x 70cm), 2020
The quest for brown skin tone bandages started in 2019, looking for Ebon-Aide. A New York entrepreneur Michael Panayiotis created Ebon-Aide 22 year ago. The orange box read: "The bandage exclusively designed for people of color," and they came in shades called black licorice, coffee brown, cinnamon, and honey beige. It wasn’t a succes because Walmart and Rite Aid placed the boxes in the wrong shelves. So ‘flesh color’ still means soft-pink/beige (white). Two weeks ago, 100 years after band-aids were invented, and 15 years after their first multi-colored bandages, Band-Aid launched bandages to "embrace the beauty of diverse skin"
Band-Aid, which is a part of Johnson & Johnson, created the bandages to show its commitment to promoting diversity and in support of those protesting for racial equality following the death of African America George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday 25 May.
‘TruColour’ is another, beautifully designed brand with 4 skin tone bandages. 👍🏿👍🏾👍🏽👍🏼 (my favorite).
In the Netherlands there’s a brand, Heltiq, with bandages in 6 different skin tones, ‘het grotere verband’.
Oil and bandages on raw linen, mounted on panel, 5.5 x 6” (12 x 14 cm), 2020
Online award ceremony by Delano Mac Andrew at CBK Zuidoost. 'Healing' made it to the shortlist.
Article in DE NIEUWE magazine, written by Airco Caravan.
Year 24, nr.44, November 2020. Published by Arti et Amicitiae
Making of Healing USA II