Freedom of Expression

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Costume jewelry, buttons, cowrie shells, paint, on wood door
80 x 30.5 inches
Collection of
New Orleans Museum of Art
Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

"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."