Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr. '02 | Oct. 30, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
The canvas starts off completely black. The artist can’t afford to purchase a brand new canvas, so he cuts the fabric off of an old box spring and stretches it over a handmade frame of discarded wood, the words “Tempur-pedic” facing backwards. Over the course of two days, he sits quietly on a chair outside of the emergency room, patiently scraping away the black paint with a razor blade, leaving a picture in varying shades of white. Without a paint brush, he’s able to lend depth and shading to the picture, including incredible detail of the abdominal muscles of Haitian slaves. When he’s finished, the black paint that remains depicts the Haitian revolution against the armies of Napoleon, the only successful slave revolt in the history of man.