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Why Didn’t She Paint George Floyd by Jayne Curle (The Self Conscious Extrovert)

Finalist in The Dean Cogle Portrait Prize 2020.

It was exceedingly difficult to write a 100 word statement on this artwork as there’s so much to be said.

Obviously, like most humans, the unadulterated racism of this incident hit me square between the eyes. I’m so grateful for the people who have voiced their disgust through protest, who have voiced my disgust on my behalf. My friend gave me the title, instantly offended that I had chosen this subject matter other than honouring George Floyd himself but in my way I have: for the first time in my life I have started to speak up for myself because one day, I might be put in a position where someone’s life is literally at stake. What a terrible tragedy it would be to choose the wrong decision just because you’ve been brought up to believe you don’t challenge authority. My immediate impulse on viewing the mugshots was what I chose to work with. I do not know this man therefore I do not know if I am right or wrong. Here is the statement I submitted.

George Floyd died and like you, I was sickened to the core. Staring at the mugshots, I observed something different to the others in Thomas Lane’s expression – shame. Lane (a four day rookie) tried. He requested twice that Chauvin (a nineteen years experienced training officer) roll Floyd over. I have rarely challenged authority in my life. From experience, the repercussions were too risky. If I silenced my voice, I could stay safe.

I wondered. Did Lane realise the gravity of what was unfurling? I asked myself, “What would I have done?” I have a voice now.

Originals Set of 4 – Each 10cm x 20.5cm x 3.5cm
Unframed – Signed on the back
Signed Certificate of Authenticity

Why Didn’t She Paint George Floyd?

Jayne Curle

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Why Didn’t She Paint George Floyd by Jayne Curle (The Self Conscious Extrovert)

Finalist in The Dean Cogle Portrait Prize 2020.

It was exceedingly difficult to write a 100 word statement on this artwork as there’s so much to be said.

Obviously, like most humans, the unadulterated racism of this incident hit me square between the eyes. I’m so grateful for the people who have voiced their disgust through protest, who have voiced my disgust on my behalf. My friend gave me the title, instantly offended that I had chosen this subject matter other than honouring George Floyd himself but in my way I have: for the first time in my life I have started to speak up for myself because one day, I might be put in a position where someone’s life is literally at stake. What a terrible tragedy it would be to choose the wrong decision just because you’ve been brought up to believe you don’t challenge authority. My immediate impulse on viewing the mugshots was what I chose to work with. I do not know this man therefore I do not know if I am right or wrong. Here is the statement I submitted.

George Floyd died and like you, I was sickened to the core. Staring at the mugshots, I observed something different to the others in Thomas Lane’s expression – shame. Lane (a four day rookie) tried. He requested twice that Chauvin (a nineteen years experienced training officer) roll Floyd over. I have rarely challenged authority in my life. From experience, the repercussions were too risky. If I silenced my voice, I could stay safe.

I wondered. Did Lane realise the gravity of what was unfurling? I asked myself, “What would I have done?” I have a voice now.

Originals Set of 4 – Each 10cm x 20.5cm x 3.5cm
Unframed – Signed on the back
Signed Certificate of Authenticity

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