MAGICKAL PROJECT 4 O 5: THE IMAGES; ARTIST Mark Samuels
“Just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean that we aren’t real…” Jesse Williams
“Afrofuturist academics are looking at alien motifs as a progressive framework to examine how those who are alienated adopt modes of resistance and transformation.”
― Ytasha L. Womack, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
Our goal with these pieces is to represent how Black folks tap their imagination to be MORE than “human.” The idea of grooming is to make one’s self look as imagined or desired; by implication, we want to show transformation into the step beyond-the MAGICKAL aspect of looking and being Black, the looks, the culture and the appeal.
Jamaican Artist Mark "Draughtsman" Samuels is the Co-Creator of our Selassie Lion comb. His first love is creating Henna patterns on skin. He is also a gifted Illustrator, and we wanted to work with Mark initially with the thought that he would do a painting of the model and combine the Magickal aspect like he had done in his other work.
After working on a few projects with the Draughtsman, we knew we wanted to include him in this project. We sent him a few images and he responded and said he wanted to experiment and do his own shoot with a model he knew. Knowing how creative he was, we agreed not knowing what his plans were.
When Mark got back to us he presented an incredible black light image of hand painted Adinkra like patterns on the model that came out beautifully, along with the comb he helped design, backed with one of his intricate designs behind the model.
We view this piece as very much representing our Brothas and Sistas in the Jamaican/Caribbean region with the connection to the spiritual side of the African experience in the diaspora.