Freedom of Expression

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
1998
Costume jewelry, buttons, cowrie shells, paint, on wood door
80 x 30.5 inches

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"It's a door. I found it, and made it to show people that I'm able to express myself not just physically; I'm talking about a spiritual freedom. A person got to be set free, to be themselves, free from pain, hurt, anger, malice; free from hate, that bound us. We can loosen up, let God in, let ourself be free. Free to get behind that door and just be me—to dance, to move.

"It's a door. I found it, and made it to show people that I'm able to express myself not just physically; I'm talking about a spiritual freedom. A person got to be set free, to be themselves, free from pain, hurt, anger, malice; free from hate, that bound us. We can loosen up, let God in, let ourself be free. Free to get behind that door and just be me—to dance, to move. I do that. I got a little weight on me, but I love to dance. I can move. When hell coming at you, you can still do it all, with inner peace in you. You can be free."