“Plantation Mall” is a depiction of what I call “Self Made Slaves”.  The
modern day shackles are actually loose showing the fact that they are
free to leave at any given time.  The welts on the backs of the individuals
represent how we’ve been whipped into believing that having designer
brands makes us “look” like “SOMEBODY”.   Also notice that the female
is holding keys to a luxury car.  At the same time notice that her house
key has the initials “PH”.  The “P” stands for parent’s; the “H” stands for
house, representing that she still lives in her parents' house yet she
drives a luxury car. The bar code on their necks represent the fact that we
have been bought and sold for centuries.  Additionally bar codes
specifically describe the product. In this case the bar codes would
identify the product as “Slave”.  The numbers represent the position of
the letters in the alphabet.  19 = S, 12 = L, 1 = A, 22 = V, 5 = E.  

Our African American ancestors were forced to pick cotton in the fields
from sun up to sun down.  Today, we freely pick cotton from the clothing
racks; pick steel from the car lots, pick leather from the department
stores, pick knock-offs from the flea market, etc..  What’s it all for?  Self
Worth. There are those who attach their self worth to a designer’s name,
a brand, a trend, no matter the cost.  There are those who bully others
who don’t have the brand names and worst of all fighting one another to
get the designer brand.  

Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to have nice things, but consider the price.
Not the dollar price; but the priority price. If you have to sacrifice any of
life’s basic necessities or lower one’s moral standards for a designer
brand, whether at full dollar price or discounted, the priority price is TOO
HIGH.  We are FREE to purchase whatever we want, but lets consider our
priorities and our future.  Don’t let the designer brands enslave you.

The original oil painting is 55" x 45"
20" x 24" Print