LESLIE BERNS
THE 'FLOWER OF LIFE' AS A MIXED RACE NARRATIVE (A Theory of the Life Cycle, Color, and Identity)
2013/2015
Cut-out on layered sheets of Mi-Teintes paper
40" x 35"


In the language of geometric abstraction, the unfolding and folding of a geometrically derived flower refers to the perpetual, universal cycle of birth, life, and death. The series reflects the creole mixed-ness of Caribbean culture. Through both strong and subtle, unremarkable color contrasts, the imagery embodies the beauty of light and dark while using color to critique our pigmentocracy.
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