Charles Mason III 

When I create a work, I see it as a piece of a whole, where each work needs the others as a means to convey the complexities of blackness, a place of understanding. The attempt to know myself can only exist in a world where the black body is loved, not for how strong and beautiful it is but simply because we are beings. So I must first look at whether or not I care for myself. Why should I? I think for a time I wasn’t really aware of my value and power? I didn’t yet grasp that being a person of color is to be constantly living the experience of understanding and learning about oneself.