I Can't Breathe (Water Table)
- The Water Table series is conceived as a letter to Henry "Box" Brown (c. 1815-1897), an enslaved African American who escaped to freedom by shipping himself in a crate from Virginia to Philadelphia. The paintings in this series are visual deconstructions of natural and built environments that consider how individuals negotiate and negate various types of systems and spatial order.
- An acrylic painting on cotton canvas with a grey background. Centrally depicted three distinct shapes created with various brushstrokes. On each side of the canvas is a bright cloudy white cube. Bright and wide brushstrokes of red and white impasto feature strongly at the top middle and right of the canvas, while the same white and red impasto features minimally at the top and bottom of the canvas. The painting was executed primarily in thin, horizontal washes, which resulted in the layering of numerous vertical drips. Occasional passages of thick impasto are present throughout.
- Data Source
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- Created by
- Torkwase Dyson, American, born 1970
- Subject of
- Henry Box Brown, American, 1815 - 1897
- Credit Line
- Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
- acrylic paint on canvas with wood and wire
- H x W x D: 96 × 72 × 2 in. (243.8 × 132.9 × 5.1 cm)