HER NAME IS ...

This piece is based around the numerous label’s women are given within society. Her name is, mother, daughter, lover, girlfriend, bitch, hoe, sister, friend, side piece, main ting, gal and the list goes on.

It also addresses the removal of labels that are also given to women. Her name is NOT wide, mother, lover, sister.

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PRETTY FOR A BLACK GIRL

This painting is inspired by a phrase that most black women will experience at some stage in their life.
“ You’re pretty for a black girl”

 This is particularly true for black women who choose to straighten their hair or wear weaves. This statement suggest that beauty is based on European standards and therefore by changing our natural selves, we become more acceptable and easier to digest.

Straight hair makes people relax, there is a reason why it’s called a relaxer!

The element of surprise hidden within this loaded statement  suggests that black is not beautiful. Therefore, to evoke conversation and challenge these stereotypes  I purposely painted her with white skin and European features whilst retaining her blackness through the texture of her hair.

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MULE

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 “Black Women Are The Mules Of The Earth”

 This is a quote from Zora Neale Hurston who spoke through the heroine Janie Crawford in her 1937 book “Their Eyes are watching God”

There is a gross misconception in the world that Black women are supposed to be everything for everyone. We are expected to be rocks that hold it down, powerful voices of truth, and patient educators even in the face of endless adversity. While #BlackGirlMagic is real and Black women are incredible, some people seem to think Black women are here on Earth to endlessly do work for other people.

As black women we are overworked, under-valued, and still expected to carry the burdens of everybody else, both within and outside of our communities.

 The eyes in the painting capture the effect of this label on the black female psyche in the modern world, they ask you to think how these label effects the concept of self.

STILL SHE STANDS

The pain lies in her eyes, which hide a story untold.

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