BLACK BODY WHITE SPACE




The Identity



The Logomark
The logomark is a reference to Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, a novel that opened up a critical discussion about European beauty standards and colorism within the black community. The pixelated 100% CMYK cyan eye haunts the viewer to remind the audience of its relevance and that it’s still upheld as the ideal, in physical and digital spaces. 


The Typeface

Redaction is a typeface that was created by artist Titus Kaphar, author Reginald Dwayne Betts, and type designer Jeremy Mickel. It is one of the few typefaces that I know of that black people had a hand in the creation. The goal of the Redaction project is to shed light on the injustices incurred by the criminal justice system, specifically against marginalized people. The pixelation was inspired by old documents from the Civil Rights Corps that have degraded in quality over time. The documents become more of a bitmap after years of being faxed, photocopied, and reproduced. To read more about the process and to download the typeface, free to the public, visit redaction.us. I really enjoy the typeface’s historical significance and that it relates to my topic. I use the pixelated weights of Redaction to speak to how the ‘digital white gaze’ polices black and brown bodies. It pairs very nicely with the pixel art I created for my 2D simulations. This project, like the legal documents, was transferred from the physical to the digital realm and took on an entirely new look and meaning. The only difference being that this project didn’t degrade, it expanded; it’s expanding.


Redaction

Redaction

Redaction




The Gradient

The gradient is a representation of blackness in the most literal sense. It is a celebration of melanin. It is used to say that white bias affects all people of color, from the darkest to lightest shades. I decided to have the darker shades towards the top as a way of saying we should be uplifting our darkskinned companions in society. Lightskinned individuals like myself should be using our privilege to carve out space for darkskinned people and elevate them.