BALTIMORE BASED artist Ernest Shaw Junior decided to paint a portrait of Morrison in the streets where he grew up.
“In the traditions from which I come, we honor our ancestors,” Shaw said. “She’s one of the artists who deliberately had an impact on my creative process.”
“I’m not a street artist, I’m a muralist,” Shaw said. “But I pay tribute to those individuals for creating a space where people can come and express themselves freely.”
Morrison used her waltz with words and imagery, history and storytelling, to inspire and educate.
“Not just read her novels, but also study and research her commentary, her beliefs, her philosophies is equally as inspiring not just as an artist, but also as someone I consider was very active in fighting for equity.”
During her 1993 Nobel Lecture, Morrison said, “We die. That may be the meaning of life.”
“I don’t believe in death and dying,” Shaw said. “I don’t consider this a loss. We’re not losing an artist or person, we’re gaining an ancestor.”