Jacob Giberson — Imagining Home
Posted on August 28, 2012
Jacob Giberson investigates ongoing questions about identity within society through painting.
I am white.
I am black.
I am both.
I am neither.
Society likes to categorize people based on race. Either you are white, or you are black, but you can’t be both. This is quite frustrating for everyone who is of mixed race. I have, and I continue to experience the best and the worst of both worlds. I have had white people tell me I am not white, and I have had black people tell me I am not black. And the opposite has been said as well. White people have told me I am white, and black people have told me I am black. People have been racist towards me from both sides of the equation, and people have assumed I would not be offended by racist comments towards others. Since I was little I wanted to be part of a community of people who looked like me. I am part white, and I am part black, and behind the label I am a human being just like you. This ongoing question about my identity within society is the driving force behind my artwork. The more I have looked at the world I have noticed that though we have different shades, we all share similar collective struggles based on identity. My struggle is our struggle.