Famous Negrow by 1985 Poet
Famous Negrow by 1985 Poet
Famous Negrow, 2019
Acrylic and oil pastel
40 x 30 x 1.25 in
It is titled Famous Negrow. My artist intent with this "peace" was to colorfully depict the theorems and dualities of African Americans in America. This is not limited to my cultural experience as a woman and an African American, however I pulled from it to bring life to this "peace". We all straddle the lines of purpose and prosperity in America. Given opportunities for fame and fortune, many lose balance and choose one side over the other. To choose fame and fortune often equates to living the American dream when many believe the American dream was not meant for minorities. In fact, as historically and recently seen, living the American dream, may be less of a dream and more of a marionette. It is less a land of the free and home of opportunity and more of a land of the enslaved and home of the highest dollar. Poetic meaning: "Fame chasers are dream wasters unless your “soul dream” is to be famous and well then you’ve accomplished the one thing everybody else wants. Congratulations. They say dare to be different. I say dare to be yourself. When you realize you already won they’ll be no fame to chase, no degradation of race. Just the gold on our crowns, linens of our gowns, the royalty in our bones, and majestic melodies of our tones."
Monique “1985Poet” Porter is a New Orleans-based Poet and Art Activist who, through poetry, public art, and community engagement is devoted to controlling the cultural narrative by way of color and words.
Monique’s art activism has provided her the experience of collaborating with organizations including the City of New Orleans, Cultural Innovative District (CID), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the City of Los Angeles. Monique has spread her message that, “Love is The Revolution” in many forms from reciting poetry with members of the Black Panther Party for the Black Arts Movement Conference to cross walks, murals, and gallery exhibitions in New Orleans not to mention a mural in the mountains of Granada Hills soaring 959 feet into the air all of which highlight the art of resistance.
Monique, uses her voice to rally for change. She is the creator of the 1985 Love Campaign, a heart driven initiative determined to rebuild and restore communities with love. As she would eagerly say, “You may wonder why I choose to display my cultural pride through my photos, art, and words. It is my responsibility to display our narratives through black womanhood, through the arts, and through different perspectives.” -1985Poet