Metamorphosis Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati [Nov. 14-Jan. 10, 2009]

Michael Jackson contemporary art paintingenlarge

2008, oil/mixed media on canvas, 6' x 12'

Metamorphosis Michael Jackson gallery view

None of us are who we think we are and few of us are who we want to be. Michael Jackson is not the subject of this work, but the most visible symbol of our need to be somebody else. How sad it is that his efforts to remove his racial image came at a time when being Black has become more acceptable than ever before.

Elvis Presley, detail