72% of African American children are raised in a single parent home, most by a single mother. I myself was one. What does this lack have on said children? To whom do they receive their notions of manhood, womanhood and self-worth. Looking at family structure as an entry point for conditioning, I explore mans susceptibility to influence. I attempt to undermine stereotypical representations by presenting alternate representations grounded in substance.
Starting with the matriarchal family, I use painting and drawing to combine abstraction and representation to create sensual contemplative divas that defy the male gaze. Preserved in scented wax, they become avatars, resonant with my associations of black women. By mixing participatory instillations with aestheticized imagery, I construct matriarchal realities that explore mans malleability via influence. The installations generate dialog and elicit a sense of privilege by surrounding the viewer with objects that are synonymous with privilege and cultural binaries. To create alternate representations I use contemporary artist and American culture to create photographic narratives. These constructions exist between classical painting, Egyptian godhood and popular culture.
My work conflates cultural binaries to reveal and construct realities. The combination of binaries, undermine cultural hindrances, which illuminates possible emancipatory existences.
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