I Matter


From the artist:
I wanted to capture an invisible frustration and rage felt by many African American males, including myself. The rage involves the constant battle to prove yourself as a human being, yet constantly reminded of the stereotype that you do not measure up or matter. The frustration and rage are sometimes uncontrollable and results in an interpretation of a threat.

The vertical, horizontal and diagonal surface texture of the background represents the tension and energy vibrating from this male as he attempts to get acknowledged as a human being. This threat results in the defense of whoever is in the vicinity, therefore if that person feels threatened, it may result in our deaths. We feel invisible because we want to be seen for our authentic selves and not the caricature of a savage wild beast that must be destroyed once we’re encountered.

Do not fear me because I want to live and go home and see my family again. If you are afraid of me and are armed, it may result in you killing me and feeling justified by it.


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Dimensions 40 × 60 in

Curtis Derall Ferguson


Acrylic on canvas


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