Imo Imeh’s “Lead Me to Rest” Painting Resonates in Wake of Floyd’s Death

Local artist and Westfield State professor Imo Imeh has spent most of his career focusing on the lives of Black people in America. In 2018 he created a live art exhibition called 17 Years Boy, which centered on the death of Trayvon Martin.  

In recent months, Imeh’s worked on a piece titled Lead Me to Rest. While it was created prior to George Floyd’s death, the piece resonates with his story. Connecting Point’s Ross Lippman visited Imeh at his studio to learn about the story behind Lead Me to Rest and the series it’s a part of.