"Her Golden Throne Number 2" by Anthony Pabillano
Hand-cut, Layered Paper, 32" x 38"
Today, we find ourselves at the crossroads of history. On one side, a road lies worn by the worst in humanity; on the other side lies a road towards a future free of prejudice, hate, and everything else that is holding us back today. As a person of color, I empathize with the rest of the BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) communities who have had unnecessarily challenging journeys. As a human being attuned to feel what others experience, I have been disappointed by what has systemically transpired. As an artist—as a portraitist—I have focused my artistic mission to celebrate the stories of the people I meet in Houston, stories I connect with, by people whose voices may not have necessarily been audibly heard. This piece is a portrait of a local jewelry artist, a friend, a human being who has had a life full of stories—a life full of worth, worthy of being acknowledged, revered, and fully celebrated.