Our Lady of Ferguson, by Mark Doox

July 20, 2020
(Courtesy of the artist)

Recently, faith leaders have been carrying prints of Mark Doox’s Our Lady of Ferguson to protests in cities across the country in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and numerous other black men and women. Doox works within an icon-styled form he calls Byz-Dada (Byzantine Dadaism). His images are informed by “American democratic and spiritual ideals, the African-American experience, humanistic existential reality, black folksy wisdom and pragmatism”—which he combines with piercing, direct commentary. Doox, the ordained iconographer of Coltrane Church, is currently at work on a postmodern graphic novel called The Book of Saint Sambo. For more information, visit markdoox.com.