Intersectionality: cracks in the egg

Change Can Come Through Insider Resistance, 14"x18", acrylic on canvas, 2013

Change Can Come Through Insider Resistance, 14″x18″, acrylic on canvas, 2013

The title and text of this crackled painting are adapted from this quotation of Kenneth Allan’s sociology textbook chapter about Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminist Thought:

In this domain, change can come through insider resistance. Collins uses the analogy of an egg. From a distance, the surface of the egg looks smooth and seamless. But upon closer inspection, the egg is revealed to be riddled with cracks. For those interested in social justice, working in a bureaucracy is like working the cracks, finding spaces and fissures to work and expand. Again, change is slow and incremental.

My consulting work often sends me into bureaucracies, which definitely are not smooth and seamless; is it possible to find cracks where social justice will fit?

This work is documented in the Intersectionality exhibit catalogue.