Elan Cadiz

2020, pen, pencil, acrylic, and flashe paint on Shizen Pastel Paper
12 x 9 in. (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

"Scaffold: Equity of Treatment is about the encouragement of self-reflection and preservation and how these very important practices need to be supported by equitable treatment in our homes, communities, and world. The use of the scaffolding is to symbolize the individual care and support we all need. My goal is to encourage discussions on self-reflection, self-love, and practice in deciphering what we need as individuals and ways our systems of support can better meet these needs.

I see the scaffold project as a kind of visual spiritual alchemy that challenges the viewer and subject to see themselves as a universally whole being made up of a formula of experience and understanding. With the use of the scaffold as a form of protection and support, it's there to encourage the relationship between consciousness and matter within the self. When we know ourselves we can better ask what we need of the world which can bring satisfaction and harmony to ourselves and others.

I'm not sure if you noticed but I have at least 5 barbers represented in the scaffold project and I believe that's because I live in Harlem. Sherlock has been cutting hair for over 20 years and although I have never got him to cut my hair I know he would be more than able which is why I'm sharing this portrait of him. I always see him cutting and even when Denny Moe is not in the shop he's there working. He's a devoted husband, barber, served in the US Navy, and has a cute little Shih Tzu named Oreo. Thank you for participating and being an example of hard work and dedication. He works at Denny Moe's Superstar Barbershop."

— Elan Cadiz