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q Envoy Installation View The works illustrated in this issue of Black Renaissance vary widely in materials, encompassing concrete, drawing paper, graphite, cardboard, and fabric. They span large stretches of time, symbolically connecting the intelligence and imagination of earlier cultures with the problems of our present Anthropocene age. I wrestle with the arrogance of today’s society. My work is hands-on. Yet I use computers to store and share the daily bombardment of information. In my works titled Envelopes/Envelop, I used graphite and abaca to express vitality. The powder is dusted across the paper as though wind blew it there, and the scale is left to the viewer’s imagination. For many years I’ve worked with powdered graphite, which, I recently learned, is a pure carbon element (along with diamonds). Pure carbon is not carbon dioxide; carbon becomes a greenhouse gas only when mixed with other elements. m 67 BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE Envoy 30 Standing