Thumbtacks Portrait by Andre Woolery

Artist Andre Woolery created large-scale portraits of black icons using thousands of thumbtacks.

"I want to create a wide prism of Blackness that beams light in all directions. Too often Black is oversimplified into a racialized cube or windowpane that absorbs its multidimensional nature. I want to challenge this flat representation through emboldened imagery, injecting blackness into “white” space, generating discourse, and pushing boundaries of mediums as a tool to push the boundaries of Blackness."

"My subject matter is the exploration of Black identity, culture and history."

"I originally sat in my apt/studio looking for materials that had vibrant colors and considered cereal as my medium. Luckily I moved away from Toucan Sam when I found a mixed color pack of thumbtacks."

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