B. Germany 1990

 

 

“SHE MUST EARN LOVE. SHE IS NOT ENTITLED. SHE MUST BE GOOD TO BE LOVED. AND GOOD IS ALWAYS DEFINED BY SOMEONE ELSE, SOMEONE ON THE OUTSIDE.” - BELL HOOKS

MY WORK IS ABOUT NAVIGATING AND NEGOTIATING CONTEMPORARY BLACK WOMANHOOD WITHIN CONSTRUCTS THAT FACILITATE MISOGYNOIR. WHILE BLACK WOMEN ARE STILL WOMEN THE INTERSECTION OFTEN PUSHES AND PULLS ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF IDENTITY. MY NAVIGATING HAS LED ME TO WONDER WHERE THE BLACK FEMALE BODY STANDS SOCIALLY AND ART HISTORICALLY. IS IT PROBLEMATIC FOR ME TO IDENTIFY WITH OLYMPIA AND NOT HER MAID? AM I KING KONG OR A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS? 

IN THE WESTERN WORLD THERE SEEMS TO BE NO CLEAR WAY TO DISJOINT THE BLACK FEMALE BODY FROM THE WHITE, THEY ARE OPPOSITES. ONE BODY FUNCTIONING TO CEMENT THE BEAUTY AND VALUE OF THE OTHER. IN ORDER TO ARTICULATE MY IDEAS I USE AFRICAN AMERICAN VERNACULAR ENGLISH COUPLED WITH THE IDEA OF MAGIC AND WHAT IT MEANS WITH REGARD TO CONTEMPORARY BLACK FEMALE BEAUTY, SELF-LOVE, AND SEXUALITY. I SEEK TO UNDERSTAND THE WESTERN CONSTRUCTION OF MY BODY AND THE BODY OF MY OPPOSITE.