"Our Town" (1995)

"Our Town," 1995
Acrylic and collage on unstretched canvas, 100 x 124 inches
Collection of the artist, Chicago
Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

"The condition of invisibility that Ralph Ellison describes [in 'Invisible Man'] is not a kind of transparency, but it's a psychological invisibility. It's where the presence of black people was often not wanted and denied in the American mindset. And so what I set out to do was to develop a figure or a form that would represent that condition of invisibility, where you had an incredible presence, but there was a way in which you could sometimes be seen and not seen at the same time."

- Kerry James Marshall