notes towards becoming a spill (2019)
haint-blue paint, LED lights, Audio (30 minutes), Mirrored Glass Sculpture, Mud, Georgia Red Dirt
In “notes towards becoming a spill” Shikeith advances his constructions of “blue spaces” that explore the psychological states of contemporary black men. Shikeith’s specific use of Haint Blue within this and other activations comprise a larger constellation of site-specific works spanning the United States, references its deep-rooted history from the Gullah in South Carolina and Georgia. Haint is also Southern vernacular for ghost or spirit that has not moved on.Created from indigo, one of the common crops of the American South, the Gullah originated the color as a spiritual marker in their homes. Within the installation, Shikeith combines elements such as soil, mud, haint-blue paint, and audio recordings of black men spilling truths about themselves to cultivate a site of reconciliation that is rooted in a black ancestral remedy and rescription of legible black masculinities.