Ariel Jackson, The Blues Data Crop: The Gains and Losses of Black Farmers in America, 2016, installation view in Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY. Photos by Stefan Hagen.
In attempts to reveal what might have factored into what caused my family to lose their farmland during the 1980s-1990s I highlighted notes from Pete Daniel's "Dispossession: Discrimination against African American Farmers in the Age of Civil Rights". Using my 1970s typewriter I printed each highlighted note onto muslin and sewed them onto fabric found and collected from my grandmother. Toward the top of each dowel the leaves are pink and yellow reflecting the colors my grandmother wore in her garden/field while the bottom leaves are black, brown, and blue reflecting colors my grandfather wore while working in the field.