acrylic on canvas, 36  x 36”,  2017

This canvas is to pay tribute to the history of the Oakwood district in Venice. African American residents of Oakwood have made valuable and important contributions to the development of Venice’s unique cultural fabric and history. The West of Lincoln Project is incomplete without this story being told, but it is not a story that can be told by me—it must come from the community itself.  This blank canvas serves as a placeholder for an important and untold biography, and as an acknowledgment of the people who built their lives in what became known as the Oakwood district of Venice.

nice California AUntitled by Ruth Chase West of Lincoln Project copy 2