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Lamonte Westmoreland

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art is both personaJ and humanistic and clearly encompasses social, political and humorous approaches to my African-American experience. I use a number of pop icons to illustrate stereotypes that deal with black imagery such as watermelons, the Cream of Wheat man, the Quaker Oats man, Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima and many others.

My mixed media collages are not for the timid. In my adaptation of old master-works the underlying humor is a condemnation of the racism that has infected our nation and mankind in general. It is through the black experience in America that I comment on the often sad legacy of man. I force my audience to confront our country's disenfranchised as well as the way in which familiar icons have been used to perpetuate racist stereotypes.

-Lamont Westmoreland, 1999
 
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