"RHYTHM MASTR," preparatory drawing (1999-2000)

"RHYTHM MASTR," preparatory drawing, 1999-2000
Photocopy of ink drawing, and design marker on paper, 17 x 11 inches
Courtesy the Artist

"I thought what I would do with this project would be to take a form that is, in some ways, already undervalued in America, take a subject that's underrepresented, and try to develop a comic strip with a set of characters that had cultural significance but also allowed for a kind of imaginative play and inspiration. What I hit on as a subject was this idea that, for black people, the set of super heroes we come to know anything about have a lot to do with West African religious gods in a sense."

- Kerry James Marshall