“IT MIGHT HURT, IT MIGHT HINDER, YOU MIGHT LIKE THE WORK LESS—THAT’S REALLY NOT THE POINT; THIS IS WHAT I NEEDED TO DO IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THE WORK. . .”
SEEING THE CHILD: BRAIDING POSSIBILITY
Titus Kaphar and Tochi Onyebuchi present an excerpt from their short story “Seeing the Child,” a poetic rumination on Kaphar’s latest body of work, From a Tropical Space (2019–).
If I rush, then I’ll have to start over.
I’ll have to untangle and double back, and more time will have been lost. If I focus—focus on this scalp that glows golden before me, focus on the geometrical patterns I’m making out of this hair, focus on the message trapped in these patterns like parchment in a storm-tossed bottle—then maybe we’ll make it out in time.
IN THE STUDIO
Jacoba Urist reports on a recent trip to the artist’s studio in New Haven, Connecticut, to see his new body of work, From a Tropical Space (2019–). She writes on the emotional and sensory impact of these paintings and considers their singular place in Titus Kaphar’s oeuvre.