Inspired by the urgency of the handwritten affirmation ‘So be it. See to it’ in one of Octavia Butler’s journals at the Huntington Library, artist Candace Hunter responds with a series of intimate collages set in dialogue with Butler’s fiction. Butler’s speculative fiction of the 1970s through 1990s feels eerily prescient in a contemporary moment wrought by political upheaval, resurgent racism, and the ongoing devastation of climate change. Hunter’s visual storytelling likewise offers portals into other worlds, and our own.
Image: Candace Hunter, details from Patternmaster and Kindred series, collage, 2016.