24 year-old Rose is sharing her video for “Blood on Your Bootheels,” a song she’d written as a reaction to the Trayvon Martin Case. During the aftermath of Ferguson, Caroline created the stop-motion animation video with 12 bags of family-sized Skittles, most of which she “keeps finding in the pockets of her clothes.”
“Something was channeling through me, because that song is written from perspectives that aren’t mine,” Rose tells NPR.
“It triggered all these thoughts about peoples’ obsession with guns, how there’s very little escape from violence for young black guys in the U.S…I thought about how this boy was holding a package of Skittles in his hand when he died, and how something as innocent as a pack of candy could be powerful and symbolic to pretty much any type of person.”
“I highly discourage working in this format,” says Caroline, regarding the Skittles. “It’s an incredibly time-consuming, painstaking, agonizing process that only brings one sleep loss and both physical and mental suffering. It also attracts ants. In other words, I enjoyed the process but I don’t think I’ll be doing another stop-motion video for a while, if ever again.”