Moral Monsters

I’m terrified at the moral apathy — the death of the heart which is happening in my country. These people have deluded themselves for so long, that they really don’t think I’m human. I base this on their conduct, not on what they say, and this means that they have become, in themselves, moral monsters.

—James Baldwin

These small works in charcoal and oil paint explore moral apathy, race, and conflict. Jarring depictions of animals, particularly chosen for their symbolism and with teeth bared, present raw hostility and an immediate threat. In a society divided by racial tensions and animosity, such sentiments are unfortunately common enough and become a feature of everyday life for many. Has it become too easy to ignore the unsettling images, actions, and attitudes that we see around us and thus normalize them—the effect of a monster producing moral apathy?