Uma Guerra Sagrada
Una Guerra Sagrada
Compton expresses Black diasporic experiences, history, and identity through a series of portraits and abstract paintings. She creates these works in a passionate and elegiac manner that explores the physical and spiritual conflicts of external and internal liberation. As a representation of people of African descent throughout the Americas, A Holy War references the growing fight and aim for cultural and personal preservation.
The works featured are portraits of historic and iconic figures, such as Nat Turner and Oya: an Orisha of winds, lightening, death, and rebirth. To further examine the nature of resistance and transformation through a diasporic lens, Compton’s materials include palm wine, red wine, and painted paper. Palm wine is significant in West African communities, including the Yoruba, Ashanti, and Akan cultural groups. Since pre-colonialism, palm wine has been used as a traditional drink during celebrations, home gatherings, and libations. In juxtaposition to palm wine, red wine is symbolic of Christian influence and colonial rule. These two mediums create a dichotomy within many of Compton’s works. In her figurative works, the images are created by painted, ripped pieces of paper and various materials to reinforce the idea of strength and transformation amid historic oppression. Many of the works are inspired by her education work at the Prince George’s African American Museum, Sao Paulo Brazil, and her most recent experience in Havana Cuba.