Details:

This work made with sunflower seeds examines the lack of food resources within America’s inner cities. The composition uses historic imagery to explore notions of family and gathering, as well as to articulate how our relation to food is often tied to our relationship with our family—and also the world.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Hereditary Diet

This work, part of a series by the artist that employs sunflower seeds, examines the lack of food resources within America’s inner cities. The composition uses historic imagery to explore notions of family and gathering, as well as to articulate how our relation to food is often tied to our relationship with our family—and also the world. For these works, the artist also employs self-referential details that tie his own personal history into the history of the African diaspora.

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:

48 inches
40 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:
Hereditary Diet, 2021
Sunflower seeds, acrylic paint, resin, inkjet prints on canvas
40.0 × 48.0 inches /