Master of the subject

30" x 40" x 1" Mixed media and barbed wire on plexiglass panel, birch support, steel frame.




"The appalling darkness faded away and I was the master of the subject." Quote from Frederick Douglass' 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845). Douglass was born into slavery in 1818 and escaped at the age of 20 after learning to read then realizing not all men are slaves ("the appalling darkness faded away..."). He was empowered to fight for his own freedom to become an abolitionist, writer and orator, and the most important Black American leader of the nineteenth century. Douglass was assigned to Abraham Lincoln's cabinet and was instrumental in the development of the Emancipation Proclamation and Lincoln's call to Black men to join Union troops in the American Civil War. Douglass  educated and freed himself from the tortures of slavery to become a nationally respected leader and advisor to President Lincoln.