Oklahoma Contemporary
JJJJJerome Ellis, Impediment is ...
A Black person stands on a snow-covered hill surrounded by pine trees with their back to the camera.  Words floating across the trees read "suspect," "they," "being," "black," "is" and "free."

Fugitive Speech

Fugitive Speech

Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery
Nov. 3, 2022 – Feb. 20, 2023

Opening Reception and Artist Talk | 6 p.m. Nov. 3

Featuring seven artworks by three artists — Emily M. Chase, JJJJJerome Ellis and Anita Fields — Fugitive Speech explores acts of personal testimony in the face of social, cultural and historical odds. Through distinct perspectives and approaches to media, including textiles, video, photography and ceramics, the artworks in Fugitive Speech consider the relationship between voice, memory and time.

Two black humanoid figures covered in white dots and crosses in a walking pose. Their waists are wrapped in cream panels with abstract images and hands painted on them.
Anita Fields (Osage Nation), Standing Up

Together, the artworks in Fugitive Speech use images, words, sounds and symbols to convey stories of intergenerational pain and hope that slip through the gaps of collective history and personal memory.


JJJJJerome Ellis, Impediment is Information (video still), 2021. Single-channel video with sound. 14 minutes.

Anita Fields (Osage Nation), Standing Up, 2014. Clay, slips, gold luster glaze, paper and linen collage​. 25 x 15 x 12 in​.


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Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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