Right panel of mixed media paintings on wood.
Artist Statement: “This painting is a visual representation of social issues in 2020 seen throughout Denver and the rest of the United States. In the foreground is the leader of a protest, collaged using flyers found around the city of Denver. A line of protestors forms behind him. In the center is the upside-down flag, calling for help. Bree Newsome is seen in the top right, courageously climbing a flagpole to take down the Confederate flag, which was permanently removed as Mississippi’s state flag in 2020. The graffiti word, “Valor”, represents the vandalism done around the world to city buildings during the protests. A small candlelight and teddy bear memorial is for every life lost during moments of social injustice and police brutality.”
Donated to History Colorado by K'ierre Dawkins.
K’ierre has a unique ability to portray his or her own experiences in a way that makes other people feel their own, he considers himself a creative jack-of-all-trades. He was born in Saginaw, Michigan in 1991 but grew up from age 8 in the Southern United States, in Brandon, Mississippi. A graduate of Mississippi State University, K’ierre was a Fine Arts Major. Between studying Larry Walker and Kehinde Wiley, he simultaneously ran his own footwear restoration business that he funded with grants he earned through the University’s Entrepreneurship Club. But for him, creativity in business and on worn-in sneakers was just a small part of his artistic ability. K'ierre paints on a variety of things from clothing, murals, canvases, and even human models. He also dabbles in photography. Mixed media is his style and no project or idea is off limits. As a lifetime painter and multimedia artist, he harnesses the attention to detail that creates a “feel something” experience for everyone who sees his work. “The Theme of my artwork deals with social issues within the Black community.“ He says. “I like to tell the story of the things I’ve seen and experienced, especially growing up in the South.”
History in the Making seeks to honor the Chicano/a mural tradition that developed 50 years ago in Colorado, of using public art in service to the people and communities that are historically dehumanized and oppressed in U.S. society. More importantly, this artistic legacy proudly depicted the cultural heritage of historically marginalized communities while simultaneously creating a sense of place, in an effort to make space for new paths forward. Through evocative imagery, artists: K’ierre Dawkins, Leticia Tanguma, Aisha Renee and JOLT were invited by Lucha Martínez de Luna, Curator of Latino Heritage, to create four portable murals to urge viewers to reflect on current events and how social movements define a robust Democracy.
Artist's signature, front, bottom right corner: