“I love learning other ways to have a conversation,” Mr. Fordjour said after the rehearsal, a collaboration with the puppet artist Nick Lehane. “Painting has its utility, but performance is another register.”
“… Black funerary tradition is on my mind,” he added. “Thinking about all the people who were not able to have funerals.”
… He covers a canvas or wood board with cardboard tiles, foil and other materials, and wraps it in newspaper (always The Financial Times, for its warm, salmon hue). The process repeats several times, with Mr. Fordjour applying washes of paint, then tearing and carving the accumulating surface as he goes.
(Siddhartha Mitter, “Derek Fordjour, From Anguish to Transcendence,” NYTimes, 11-19-20)