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The choice of Orpheus to represent Francis Scott Key at Fort McHenry in Baltimore instead of some more literal and pedestrian portrayal was greeted with some controversy at the time of the statue's creation in the early 20th Century. But in my artistic exploration I have come to understand grand displays of Greek and Roman Classicism in America as expressions of America's deep-seated Eurocentrism, a celebration of systemic racism and white socio-economic dominance that were certainly on proud and violent display in Key's time. The statue is appropriate given Key's status as an enslaver and his apparent embrace of the system being constructed to forever ensure the supremacy of white men.
Digital Photo Composition, Pigment Print on Watercolor Rag
Dimensions: 32 x 18 inches