This work seeks to invoke questions of what happens when Black people are murdered by police. What happens when the innocence of a young Luce is replaced by slanderous assumptions about their humanity? What happens to their legacies when they are replaced by the story of what has happened to them? Taking the model of the police “shield,” we encourage viewers to understand how Black innocence, humanity, and identity is stolen by the state and replaced by the barbaric actions of officers of the law; how our personhood become hidden behind a shield of anti-Blackness, becoming the face of state-sanctioned violence and oppression.
Pacia Elaine Anderson has always had a fascination with words. As a child, she would spend hours writing, speaking, reading, and drawing as an early meditative practice that would serve as a precursor to her creative work as an adult; one which draws from the artistry inherent in language to connect, to make sense of the world around her, and to tell a good story.
Pacia Elaine’s poetic work is a charismatic blend of rhyme, layered imagery, and fantasy, all of which are used to explore a diversity of subject matter and co-create visceral, emotive experiences for readers and listeners alike. Pacia’s visual work serves as a conduit for moving us to contemplation, and for channeling infinite possibilities of reshaping ideas, color, space, line, and the imagination to both remind and affirm the connectedness of and divinity in us all.
The written, spoken, visual, and teaching Word Artists’ professional work meets at the intersection of arts-learning, and community development, with a focus on youth advocacy and the reclamation of the cultural practices, traditions, and customs of the African Diaspora.
Pacia Elaine is a graduate of the Community Arts Training Institute, an Urban Bush Women SLI alumnus, a 2020 New Leaders Council-St. Louis fellow, and a founding member of the youth-based art camp Cherokee Street Reach. She is also Creative Director of the St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival and a Missouri Regional Coordinator for the NEA-sponsored Poetry Out Loud youth recitation competition. In January, Pacia Elaine was named 2020 Community Impact Artist by the St. Louis Visionary Awards.