From the Artist
Blind Spots was inspired by a trip to Japan to study Japanese traditional printmaking techniques. My desire was to create densely composed images representing the confluence of people and cultures. The areas, or spots, of primary colors are designed to restrict the flow of visual information or completely shut down visual stimuli in any given area. Thereby metaphorically representing areas of blindness or views that we stereotypically hold towards others that are different from us or biases based on ignorance and inability to see clearly.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records
My work as an artist is based on both public and a private narrative. The public narrative has led to a commentary on issues that impact society in general including race, poverty, political concerns, isolation, and class. My private narrative pushes me further and presents my personal negotiation of these same issues and frequently confronts ramifications that are more intimate in their nature. My sense of humanity, and my consciousness as a thinking and feeling being, have led me to explore topics that are painful, personal, and that at times show man’s indifference to others. As an artist I have attempted to communicate this awareness in an intellectual and sensual manner.
—From http://artjaz.com/artists/holton/index_mb.html, accessed 6-23-2021
Curlee Raven Holton is a printmaker and educator from Mississippi. He received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Fine Arts in drawing and printmaking and an MFA with honors from Kent State University, OH.
Since 1991, Holton has tau...