Jocelyn Goode: Healing Community Through Art
Jocelyn “Extraordinare1” Goode is a painter and muralist whose portraits have garnered community support. One of her most noted series includes intimate portraits of men and women who survived the crack era.
“Concerning The Crack” explores the growing “crack” between the younger and older generations of the African-American community caused by many factors including the “Crack-Cocaine Epidemic” of the late 1980s and the “Technological Phenomenon” of the new millennium.
One of the consequences of crack is a generation of young people who have little knowledge of the struggle and progress of previous generations. Many African-American elders are confused by the younger generation’s attitudes, culture and self-destructive tendencies.
By using photography, recorded interviews and portrait painting, artist Jocelyn “Extraordinarie1” Goode began a visual dialogue and put a spotlight on a growing issue that deserves more attention. Beginning in March 2010, she interviewed and photographed African-American men and women 40 and over and the now grown-up “crack-babies” and young people 21 and under. The participants had the opportunity to share their perspectives on the aftermath of the epidemic and the way technology affects their life as well as their solutions for healing the Black community. From the data, she created painted portraits that merge the faces of young and old and incorporate quotes into each piece.
“My artistic voice has matured over the 20 years from when I formally began studying fine art at the age of 14. Today my art functions as a tool that allows me to build a platform to amplify my voice as an agent of social progress. Painting, drawing, mixed media, graphic design, apparel design and installation are instruments I utilize to express ideas about the state of a collective reality I share with other people of African heritage living in America. My art lends me the ability to highlight narratives of pioneers and heroes whose lives offer valuable lessons that we need to keep alive. I aspire to provoke thought by visually representing familiar images in a different light. And on a fundamental human level, I make art to share complex emotions in a way that others can relate to.
“I am inspired by artists like Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Alice Neel, Lois Mailou Jones, Kehinde Wiley along with writers like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Aesop, Ray Bradbury, Ralph Ellison, Jean-Paul Satre, James Baldwin and George Orwell. Ultimately, I want my art to help people to heal neglected wounds, to see beauty in overlooked places, to stimulate imaginations, and to increase consciousness.”