Art & Oppression: Artist's Statement

Francis Baker

inherently free

This work comes from a series centering on the homeless crisis in the Bay area. In August of 2015, 14 police officers in San Francisco arrest one homeless man, who has only one leg. There is a basic humanity that is denied when someone is treated this way; and an inherent racism in the way our police forces work. While photographically documenting the printing stages of this piece, using a color chart to balance the light, it occurred to me that this tool was another way to show the subjectiveness, and in relation to people, meaninglessness of color.