July 30, 2020

What do you see when you look at me?

Karen Knapp, 32

As a white female from Scotland, I have never had to endure any discomfort/strange looks or racism because of the colour of my skin. However, for my black skinned friends this hasn’t been the same experience. We have seen the same world through very different eyes. This shouldn’t be the future. The colour of our skin should not and does not define who we are and the value we bring to the world. I want my black skinned friends and everything they represent through their culture, values, experiences and how they look to know that they are loved and valued as human beings. By creating and sharing visual images of their faces in an abstract distortion, it represents what they have experienced and how what they are perceived to be by people that do not look like them that this view is skewed and not a true reflection of who they are. I want white people to think about how they look at others that do not have the same skin colour, if they can look within theirselves and see what changes can be made for the better.

What do you see when you look at me?, 2020Acrylic and pen on paperA5 and A3