Now you're in the sunken place

Chris Washington's face, red-hued, emerging from the gloom with their eyes crossed out.

Kishan Muthucumaru

Get Out

When I set out to write a horror movie, I was faced with a straightforward question.

What truly scared me?

At first I thought the answer was racism. That was enough to begin the process but a little further down the line I realized there was something more specific. Silence. The silencing of voices. That realization birthed the concept of “The Sunken Place.” In the film, The Sunken Place is the endless dark void in which the lead character, Chris, is trapped. From its depths, he can scream all he wants to, but he can’t be heard. For me, The Sunken Place is a metaphor for the system that silences black people, women and all marginalized groups. It’s the system that has prevented diverse representation in movies and TV. It’s the myth of “Post- Racial America” that seemed to prevent us from having a meaningful conversation about race for eight years. It’s the system that keeps black voices behind bars at a disproportionate rate. It’s the system that calls athletes “sons of bitches” for engaging in peaceful protest at the injustice of police brutality going ignored. The Sunken Place is the system that silences the cries for clean water in Flint, basic disaster relief in Puerto Rico and basic dignity and respect for Haiti.

Every day there is something that shows we are in The Sunken Place, with the systematic oppression of our voices. Shortly after Get Out premiered, I noticed on Instagram that the film had inspired one young woman to create her own painting of the film’s Sunken Place. I was blown away by this art, that someone felt so connected to this movie that she could make something so beautiful and personal. This was just the beginning. The next day there were more pieces from more people. This continued day after day —the pieces were often visual but sometimes prose, poetry or music. A year later, people whom I have never met, of all races, creeds and genders continue to send me images of artworks like the ones you will see in the pages ahead. My greatest joy as an artist is that Get Out has helped spark expression and conversation about racism and otherness that will hopefully continue to inspire others long into the future. The film is my voice, but this book celebrates a chorus of voices. It gives me hope that together, we can climb out of The Sunken Place.

A crying, watercolour Chris Washington and Rod Williams side-by-side by the words 'Stay Woke'.

Christopher Rayson

A crying Chris Washington illustrated in the style of an Apple Animoji.

Giselle Duran of The Bloom Firm LLC

A vector-style Rod Williams looking sternly out of the frame.

Shamel Washington

Chris Washington, blindfolded, in a Wheelchair, and being pushed along by Rose Armitage as a deer watches from the background.

Mecca Robinson

The head of a crying Chris Washington in a teacup, as the teacup cracks and falls through a trapdoor with pink smoke.

Terrance Vann

A heavily-stylised stencil-graffiti portrait of Chris Washington crying.

Kemly Dumorney

Chris' face is half covered with the skeleton of a deer's head on a turquoise backdrop.

James Wyatt

A dali-esque portrait of Andrew standing in-front of a background of rolling hills.

Alim Smith

Chris is looking at Andrew in a suspicious manner; above them sits an American flag coloured in red and yellow and a teacup on a saucer.

Donisia Martin

Chris is staring forwards; his mouth is open and two tears are rolling down his face. Various shades of blue ripple from his exterior.

Hakim Dauda

Two black hands drawn in cartoon over the text 'Get Out'.

DaVion Lee

A oil-painting of Georgina's face on oakwood. She smiles demonically as a single tear rolls down her face.

Vi Vu

A black and white portrait sketch of Georgina. As she looks on a smaller, elderly man's head emerges from the top of her head.

Ryan Murray

Chris' face has been morphed into the former President Obama. He is sitting in a black suit surrounded by smaller black and white hand-drawn faces- including 'President' Trump.

Shawn Sambhi

A black and white caricature of Chris; on the right sits the words 'Get Out' in red. Around him are smaller sketches of various items including doors, speakers, planets, and teddy bears.

Papa MBye

An illustrated black and white portrait of Chris. His eyes are covered by a black, tar-like substance.

Sidney Snipes Jr.

A framed blue portrait of Chris. Beneath him, the blue outline of a Deer, it's horns frame his face. There is a heavy splattering of blood around the base alongside the words 'Get Out'.

Michael Christopher Costello

Chris is looking forward, his eyes have been replaced by green spirals. Against a background of swirly, multi-coloured wiggly lines various quotes from the film can be seen.

Brock Seals

A big water-colour portrait of Missy.  On the left side of her face, a miniaturised Chris reaches for the surface. In the background a subsection of Chris' eyes look on in horror. In the bottom right is half a blue and white teacup.

W. Daniel Lopez

An illustrated Jordan Peele stands with his hand to his chin. Above him is a thought bubble full of the characters that appear in Get Out including Chris and Rod.

Cipryana Smith

Chris is looking ahead through cracked glass with blood-shot eyes. White silhouettes stand behind him.

Joseph Shelton

An illustrated purple portrait of Chris in the sunken place; he is surrounded by little white bubbles with the words 'Get Out' above him in blue and white.

Kiana Buckles

A movie poster for Get Out showing Chris Washington falling through the void of the Sunken Place as a giant deer skull looms over him.

Andrés Del Valle

The characters of Get Out, pouring out of Jordan Peele's head in a giant thought-bubble.

Andres Gallardo Jr.

The melting face of Chris Washington watching a figure fall into the Sunken Place, accompanied by the words "So you won't be gone, not completely".

Malik Jackson

Georgina is standing demonically, opening a cloche in-front of a handcuffed pink chair. Two missing posters can be seen behind her.

Frank Morrison

A white hand holds up a bingo card with a black face burned onto it in acrylic.

Corey Barksdale

A pencil-sketch of Chris Washington looking beyond the camera with tears in his eyes.

Ashley P. Duncan

A colour pencil-sketch of Chris Washington looking beyond the camera with tears in his eyes.

Taya-Morgan Moore

A biro-sketch of Chris Washington looking beyond the camera with tears in his eyes.

Adèle Flamand-Browne

A hard pencil-sketch of Chris Washington looking beyond the camera with tears in his eyes.

Samuel Montgomery

Chris, Andrew and Georgina are floating in a sinewy, dark, red and purple sea.

Gwendolyn Brown

A close-up overly-saturation drawing of Georgina smiling as a stream of black, tar-like tears fall from her eyes.

Sharlene Artsy

Chris Washington falling through the void of the Sunken Place that pours from the teacup & spoon above.

Umaimah Damakka

The Armitage Family gathers around Chris Washington for a family portrait, as he fearfully holds a golliwog mask on a stick in-front of his face.

Jermaine Rogers

A distraught Chris Washington looks at something beyond the camera; illustrated in biro on a handwritten diary page.

Rosie Kojiem

A hypnotised Andrew looks beyond the camera under a harsh yellow moon, by the words "they treat us like family".

Sindiso Nyoni

A purple, marble-faced Chris leans over a glowing white porcelain teacup; from the darkness two white hands emerge stirring the spoon.

Taj Tenfold

Chris Washington being beamed up from the void of the Sunken Place with light coming from the trapdoor above.

Ryan Luikens

A rough black & white collage containing a horde of white faces screaming cthulhu-esque tentacles at Chris Washington's bleeding body as it falls into the mass of flailing arms and black faces below. The words 'Sunken Place' are overlaid in the style of an album cover.

Dexter Blanding

A posterized pop-art portrait of Chris Washington holding a camera, with a Biggie Smalls inspired crown drawn roughly on his head; the word 'Bingo' is graffitied over the top.

Dean Karasinski

Chris Washington looking into the camera with glowing yellow eyes and clenched fists -
 drawn in the style of a brooding children's cartoon.

Olabode Alaka

The face of a stunned, weeping Chris Washington; colourised crudely with blue face-paint, red hair, and purple eyes.

Tevin Johnson