Colorful 2008

10 x 7 3/4"
acrylic on canvas

KhaRabia Rayford was an activist in Washington, D.C. and a friend. She wrote a book of poetry titled We Are Colorful. It's a cliché that white is the combination of all colors and black is the absence of color. But this is only true for light, not for pigments. As this piece, a sort of natural experiment, shows, the combination of all colors is brown. KhaRabia died on DC's Emancipation Day in 2017. This piece was done on the following Martin Luther King Day in 2008.