Charles Mason III 

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. 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. So when I create work, I think of them as objects, which are pieces of a whole. This maneuverability of the work gives me a ground to enter into the complexities of what blackness entails for me at any instance.