Details:

This work features a judge's gavel smashed through the face of a mask. The composition is a comment on the gravity of mass incarceration in the United States. This work is part of the artist's signature mask series, where the artist manipulates tribal objects that are representative of Africa.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

25 To Life

This work features a judge's gavel smashed through the face of a mask. The composition is a comment on the gravity of mass incarceration in the United States. This work is part of the artist's signature mask series, where the artist manipulates tribal objects that are representative of Africa—often creating immediate and acute commentary of our contemporary moment.

Massillon's multimedia work anatomizes the convoluted history of race, identity and culture and its relation to people of African descent. The artist's materials include bullet shells, dirt, found objects and wood; Massillon use of materials found in his own environment and cultural history allows him to directly express his perception of the world. The artist uses language alongside these materials to connect African folklore and folk art to the present African American experience. In particular, Massillon uses many visual puns and references in his titles that allude to the street vernacular used in Washington DC, where the artist originates. The artist's use of language and puns is also directly inspired by many genres of African American music, which Massillon believes to be one of the main preservers of Black culture in America.

Specs:

12 inches
15 inches
3 inches
15 inches

③ Artist:

Emmanuel Massillon

Encompassing sculpture, painting and photography, Emmanuel Massillon’s work examines the convoluted history of race, identity and culture and its relation to people of African descent. The artist uses language alongside physical materials—such as bullet shells, dirt and other found objects—to connect African folklore and folk art to the present African American experience. Massillon’s use of puns in his composition’s titles allude to the street vernacular used in his hometown of Washington DC—as well as referencing genres of African American music, which the artist believes to be one of the main preservers of Black culture in America.

Emmanuel Massillon:
25 To Life, 2021
Wood, Judge Gavel, Metal & Rope
15.0 × 12.0 × 3.0 inches /