As a part of a larger body of work this painting series illustrates a natural hair journey. The black female subject in this work is, hyper-visible, invisible, stereotyped and repositioned. Using a minimalist, 2D painting style these themes are explored through four tableaux. Growing up, natural hair garnered a stigma of ugliness and unfashionable repute in more professional settings whilst at the same time was viewed in an almost fetishized regard when deemed correct by the powers that be in white suburbia. Burnt with lye and covered
with in synthetics natural hair maintenance could only every be appreciated or deprecated. The subject matter much like the subject itself is multidimensional, intersectional and highly political.
Acrylic and Gouache
12,5 x 12,5 cm