Xxavier Edward Carter

EASY TO FORGIVE

2021
ceramic, blood, paper, ashes, and gold sharpie
overall, approximately, 60 x 48 inches

The performances, installations, drawings, sculptures, and poetry by transdisciplinary artist Xxavier Edward Carter are drawn from the collisions between the artist’s life and oppressive social structures. Carter is of black and Native American heritage, and his work connects to ideas of afterlife, ecology, and survival rooted in struggle. In these highly personal works, a series of vessels each hold a folded piece of paper featuring the text “easy to forgive,” which contains remnants of soil and blood. Carter constructs the object in layers of ceramic pieces (stand, container, lid, ring) carefully balanced on each other. The careful equilibrium of the earthen form has an element of care and ritual in its assembly. With the series, Carter disseminates a part of himself and his grief out into the world, encased in their own handmade containers. Carter’s inclusion of blood connects to his performance works, which reference sacrificial rituals from indigenous communities that are a rite of passage. The connection to trauma and pain deepens the elegiac qualities of the pieces, which were created by Carter after the loss of his partner in 2020. Carter currently lives in Mexico City and Dallas and received his BFA from Stanford University and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. His work is included in the collections of Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Museum of Art, among others.

estimated retail value: $5,000
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