Derrick Phillips Sr

Pursuit of Freedom, 2019

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Wall relief mixed-media, painted rope, and wood assemblage
40.0 x 17.0 in (101.6 x 43.2 cm)
Signed on verso


This work ships from Atlanta, GA, US.


“Pursuit of Freedom” is part of my current series entitled “Bullets & Nooses” which speaks on the parallel between gun violence/police shootings and lynching. And how the two acts of brutality being essentially the same, just taking place in different time periods within American history. This piece of art is a wall relief mixed-media wood assemblage. The figure is in the shape of a law enforcement target practice silhouette draped in a dismantled American flag with bullet shells embedded. The inspiration behind the halo derives from the earliest known depiction of Jesus. The Noose worn around the neck is a symbol of paying homage to our ancestors who were lynched creating a parallel similar to which a Christian would wear a cross on a necklace in remembrance of the crucifixion of Christ.