Whitney Biennial 2017

Solo en Inglès

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer (b. 1979), St. Tammany Parish, 2016. Oil on canvas, 60 × 48 in. (152.4 × 121.9 cm). Collection of Vinny Dotolo and Sarah Hendler; courtesy the artist and Mier Gallery, Los Angeles

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer: I live in Los Angeles and my brother still lives in Brooklyn and I deeply deeply miss my brother and I really miss Miro. So I just was making that watercolor just as a way of interacting for the day, and feeling a lot of love and affection.

One of the things that's happening in my work is like a sympathy for, not in a pitiful way, but sort of sympathy for humanity. To me that even exists inside the Trump rally. Even as we think about what's being said at this rally and think about what these people are probably yelling back to Trump—they're still standing so closely together that their arms are touching. The desire for connection and security and to fit in and to be loved, and this is not in any way—I still hate them. But I'm trying to locate some things that actually pull us together as humanity, and then also in terms of sort of the despair and hopefulness. Like these two things that right now are deeply deeply American.

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