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No Pity Party, Saved, Broken, Called

71.5 x 43.5 in. (181.61 x 110.49 cm)

Ronald Bechet (New Orleans, 1957 - ) Artist
Desiree Morrison
Troi Bechet

Object Type: Drawing
Medium and Support: charcoal, graphite, egg tempera, and gold leaf on paper
Credit Line: Gift of the artist, in honor of all those unjustly imprisoned
Accession Number: 2019.23.1

Artist Statement
"After reading and then meeting Desirée Morrison, the key words that resonated with me were, “Ain’t No Pity Party Here.” As tragic as her story was, she still maintained what she needed to do next to survive, and not to sit in anger or self-pity. After making attempts, we came to the following common understanding in the way Ms. Morrison sees the world, and how my work describes in general terms the world and how we are all a part of it, and how we see ourselves in it. The world is made of many simple elements, as complex as it appears; each element is a part of the whole. Black and white is simple yet complex in their stark contrast. Charcoal is a simple material made from the burnt branches of a tree. I make marks with it on another simple material, cotton, to make a drawing. The key part is a portrait of Ms. Morrison, being lifted up in full color. There are several hands reaching in the main body of the drawing - representing the many that have helped her survive. Although she had many reasons to be down on herself and the rest of the world, it struck me in her interview and her life she kept her positive nature. "The only one who goes to a pity party is you." " - Ron Bechet on Desiree Morrison

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