NYU Black Renaissance Noire NYU Black Renaissance Noire Volume 16.2: Fall 2016 - Page 141

visual arts

Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter

French Doors
There are three major themes consistent throughout the majority of my work : image as document , subjugation vs . agency , and studio as lab : experimental work .
The issue of oppression vs . agency continues to be a reoccurring theme , and during a trip to France , I encountered beautifully opulent doors that are strikingly prevalent throughout the city of Paris . The doors are huge , brightly colored , heavy , and punctuated with polished brass accessories , wrought iron fences and set into finely detailed cast cement entrances . The doors became a metaphor through which I entered an emotional landscape of the many contradictions within the nexus of wealth , power , and exploitation in relationship to personal and national sovereignty . There is also an aspect of ritual in french doors . The brushstrokes are composed of white paint , an efum signaling the presence of ancestors , and the need for purification .