This is for a bundle of 2 out of 4 possible giclee prints of my paintings. Please write in the purchase notes which two you would like. Multiple of the same is acceptable: : (From top left to bottom right) “Illuminating Morn” , “General Jonny”, "Our Lady", and “Rapunzel”. They are printed on archival matte paper. “Illuminating Morn” is 8 inches x 12 inches. “General Jonny” is 8 x 10 inches. “Our Lady” is is 10 inches x 8 inches. “Rapunzel” is 11 inches x 8 inches. All 4 artworks have an extra 1/2 inch white border around the listed sizes size. This listing is for the prints only, they are unframed. You’ll save $5 on the total price of these prints by buying this bundle.
”Our Lady" Description: With this piece I’m looking at the dialect between a history of aristocratic representation and the use of portraiture as a statement of power and the individual’s sense of empowerment. Here I elevate this figure to a level of high culture that is classically unavailable to her because of her place as a black female. I paint her with such surety so that her place and regalness are unquestioned.
Illuminating Morn Description: In my portraiture, I often focus on black identity and depict the consistently powerful presence of the black figure. I’m frequently looking at the dialect between a history of aristocratic representation and the use of portraiture as a statement of power. In response to this, I elevate my figures to a level of power that is classically unavailable to them as black females. This claim to power can be as subdued as a figure who is unafraid to confront the viewer with her gaze. I also aim to negate the hegemonic powers that narrate black women's invisibility or roles as Jezebels, Mammies, or Sapphires in society, media, and the arts. To combat this I aim to depict black beauty and excellence.
General Jonny Description: My work focuses on the manifestation of identity, particularly black identity. This identity always forms to show the consistently powerful presence of the black figure. I'm rewriting the narrative that western visual media has historically established by elevating black figures to the role of the protagonist.
There is a definite negative social identity that is imposed upon black youth when the media negates the idea of the "black hero". These pieces break free from this imposed identity and explore new ranges. It's important to see the black protagonist, the black leader, the black achiever.
General Jonny is the esteemed black general of our fantasies. His time period is indistinguishable, which points to the history of black excellence that has been systematically erased.
Rapunzel Description: This piece is reimagining rapunzel as a contemporary black female. Upon careful observation, this Rapunzel has conquered her own challenger and negated the savior mentality. The role of the infantized female hero is of the past. Traditionally the enforcement of women’s protection (such as rape under English common law) was only validated by their position as man’s property, but where does that leave undesired black women? This plane of intersectionality leaves them as the most undesired and marginalized group, black female bodies have been deemed worthless, unprotectable even as property. In this piece I wanted Repunzel to negate this position and look beyond a savior by gathering her own internal power to defeat her foe (as indicated by the grave marker).