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Artwork

Fiber of Being

“A visual cogitation on ‘Big Game Hunting’ and trophy,” is how multi-disciplinary artist Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes describes his piece “Wait! Wait! Don’t shoot! (An Incantation for Trayvon and Jazz),” on display at the Frye Art Museum beginning June 14 as part of a show about ritual, identity and adornment called Your Feast Has Ended. Made of vintage organic fibers, filaments and hides, the artwork above is “a reflection on Florida’s stand-your-ground law and America’s relentless assault on young black men,” says Alley-Barnes. “[It’s] a spell of peaceful transition for one no longer with us and it’s a simultaneous incantation of protection for one still very much in our midst.”

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