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Black Bodies In Green Spaces: The Art of Tyrone MackLee Randle Jr

June 28 @ 7:00 pm

Join us in welcoming Tyrone MackLee Randle Jr, artist on display for the month of June through July, at the Sugar Maple. In addition to being a fascinating, kind and authentic person, Tyrone’s artwork is both mesmerising and thought-provoking. Tyrone will be present for an artist’s reception on Friday, June 28, at 7P

In his own words:

Artist Statement: Exploring the Psychological Impact of Green Spaces and Bodies of Water
As an artist, my current body of work delves into the profound psychological effects that green spaces and bodies of water have on the human psyche. Through my artwork, I aim to provoke thought and reflection on the interconnectedness between nature, mental well-being, and social privilege.

Green, as a dominant color in my work, symbolizes balance, growth, prosperity, and health. It is also associated with envy and jealousy, reflecting the complex emotions and dynamics that exist within our relationship with the natural world. By placing black bodies in green spaces and bodies of water, I seek to address the historical disparities in access to quality environments and resources.

Green spaces and clean water have long been associated with economic privilege and food security. This association has shaped our perceptions and interactions with nature, influencing our psychological and physiological health. Through my artwork, I challenge the prevalent fear of water among African American communities, highlighting the vital importance of our planet’s resources in sustaining life.

As individuals and as a society, we are interconnected with the earth and its elements. Our reliance on the planet for sustenance and well-being underscores our collective responsibility to care for and protect it. Through my art, I encourage viewers to confront their perceptions of nature, privilege, and environmental stewardship, fostering a deeper understanding of our relationship with the world around us.

In conclusion, my work serves as a visual commentary on the intricate relationship between humans, nature, and societal structures. By exploring the psychological impact of green spaces and bodies of water, I hope to inspire dialogue and action towards a more sustainable and equitable future for all.


June 28
7:00 pm