The cocoon is a powerful symbol of potential and hope, yet at human scale it becomes a sobering nod to the indelible scar left by lynching in the South. Undermining the implications of the installation’s forms, the cocoon is the representation of potential, change, and growth– the transition into a new life and new thought process as a butterfly. While the unseen caterpillar represents any negative, bigoted, or narrow-minded thoughts and ideology that are preventing racial harmony, the implied butterfly is acknowledgment, acceptance, and hope. The cocoon is the metamorphosis. Despite its past, the caterpillar is flourishing and becoming beautiful. The installation is a vessel for personal growth, community outreach, and an address to social nuances that ultimately prevent change.

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Born and raised in Atlanta’s Westside, D’Andre Brooks is an African American artist who analyzes how the subversion of symbolism, and the language of anger, pain, and outrage can be catalyzed to heal social and racial divides. He received a BFA from Georgia Southern University and an MA from SCAD-Atlanta. Brooks is a staunch believer that the artists must preserve cultural and community histories and uplift the richness of that culture. He is a practicing artist as well as a conservator.